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Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:54 pm Post subject: Rohingya Myanmar Burma Israel/Saudi Aung San Su Kyi genocide
The Burmah Campaign UK has sent us this:
The true scale of the horrific crackdown on peaceful protestors in Burma
not yet known. Thousands have been arrested, and hundreds killed. We
received reports of crematoriums working through the night on the
The first priority for the Burma Campaign UK was to make sure that the
knew what was happening in Burma. The question now is, how will the
10,000 people marched through the streets of London on Saturday, and 200
protests took place in 30 countries around the world. Visit
to see pictures.
And the pressure is working. We are pleased to be able to tell you that
British government is now using its considerable diplomatic resources to
push for international action on Burma. The government is backing many
the steps we have been campaigning on for so long, such as action by the
United Nations Security Council, targeted economic sanctions by the
Union, and the personal engagement of the Prime Minister and Foreign
Secretary. You can view our media release at:
BUT WE ARE NOT THERE YET! The United Nations Security Council has still
agreed on a statement condemning the brutal crackdown, and the European
Union has yet to agree on targeted economic sanctions. Now is a
time, please spare a couple of minutes to take these urgent actions.
The Burma Campaign UK and MTV have joined forces again to call for
the United Nations Security Council. Visit
to email the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the permanent members
the United Nations Security Council.
Email European Union governments calling on them to agree targeted
sanctions that will ensure European companies no longer help pay for the
guns and the bullets used against peaceful protesters in Burma. Visit:
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Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:18 pm Post subject: Myanmar emergency: Another Tsunami . . .
It seems that the 12 foot tidal wave that has NOT been reported as a tsunami, in preference to "Cyclone Nargis", which hit the Union of Myanmar, aka Burma, has now claimed 22,000 lives.
Last night's news stated 10,000 victims.
Today it is reported that 41,000 are still missing.
These must be estimates.
The "weather" hit Myanmar on Saturday3rd May 2008
It is now Monday 6th May 2008.
The figures can only be estimates.
I heard Bush on the radio tonight, demanding that the "Burmese junta allow our disaster assessment teams into the country" and that "the US is ready to use its navy to help find the missing, to help stabilise the situation".
Laura Bush urges Myanmar to accept U.S. disaster team
05 May 2008
By Matt Spetalnick
WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush made a rare appeal to Myanmar's military rulers on Tuesday to accept U.S. relief officials and added $3 million in aid to help victims of a cyclone that devastated the Southeast Asian nation.
"Our message is to the military rulers. Let the United States come and help you, help the people," Bush said, addressing a military government he has long tried to isolate.
The death toll from Cyclone Nargis, the deadliest in Asia since 1991, rose to nearly 22,500 with an additional 41,000 missing, even as Myanmar's leaders continued to refuse entry to U.S. disaster response teams.
Bush said the United States was ready to provide emergency assistance, including U.S. Navy ships and aircraft carriers already in the region capable of deploying Marines and helicopters on humanitarian missions.
The White House later announced the United States was committing $3 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development to meet the most urgent needs, up from an initial emergency contribution of $250,000.
"We want to do a lot more," Bush had told reporters in the Oval Office.
But he risked further antagonizing the junta by coupling his aid offer with a signing ceremony for legislation awarding its chief political opponent, detained democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, the Congressional Gold Medal, the top U.S. civilian honor.
The United States and Myanmar have long been estranged. Bush last week imposed a new round of sanctions on the country's military rulers to pressure them on human rights and political reform.
With Washington joining other world powers trying to rush in aid after the weekend cyclone, the State Department said on Monday its government was refusing to admit U.S. disaster experts to assess emergency needs. The White House said the teams were on standby in Bangkok.
"We're prepared to move U.S. naval assets to help find those who lost their lives, to help find the missing, to help stabilize the situation," Bush said. "But in order to do so, the military junta must allow our disaster assessment teams into the country."
The disaster's scale has drawn a rare acceptance of outside help from Myanmar's generals, who spurned such approaches in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
But it has been harder for Myanmar to open up to the United States because of strained relations, especially since its violent crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks in September.
Bush had further criticism for Myanmar's rulers in awarding the Gold Medal to Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
"This is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman who speaks for freedom for all the people of Burma, and who speaks in such a way that she's a powerful voice in contrast to the junta that currently rules the country," he said.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won elections in 1990 but the junta refused to hand over power and has detained her for most of the time since then.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said cyclone aid would not be contingent on Myanmar accepting U.S. disaster teams, and that money would not go directly to the military government but to non-governmental organizations.
Asked whether further aid would be forthcoming, she told reporters: "I think we just need to see ... This $3 million will go a long way. But also if we could get our ships there to be able to help them, more and more people could be helped." (Additional reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and Andrew Gray; editing by Patricia Zengerle)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Laura Bush urged Myanmar's military rulers on Monday to accept a U.S. disaster response team that so far has been kept out, saying it would clear the way for broader relief after a devastating cyclone.
Making an unusual foray into foreign policy, Mrs. Bush, an outspoken critic of Myanmar's generals, also accused the junta of failing to warn its citizens in time about the approaching cyclone that has been blamed for at least 10,000 deaths.
WASHINGTON — First lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that her husband's administration is prepared to slap additional sanctions on Burma's military government if it does not start moving toward democracy "within the next couple of days."
Bush said she also conferred with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the Burmese junta's plans for talks with imprisoned democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The first lady's outspoken activism on Burma, including calls for the removal of Gen. Than Shwe and his regime, is a departure from her low-key work on other human rights issues around the world.
_________________ The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan.
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Cyclone Nargis hit at a crucial time for Burma's military-led government, which was scheduled to hold a nationwide referendum on a new constitution this coming Saturday in hopes of dampening international criticism of its crackdown on anti-government protesters last year.
VOA _________________ The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan.
Perhaps Aung San Suu Kyi should use her Congressional Gold Medal acceptance speech to call for weather weapons to be banned. _________________ "Democracy is sustained not by public trust but by public scepticism"
CERN ‘Nailed Heart Of Earth’ With China Quake, Chilean Volcano
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)
The team of Russian Physicists who assisted in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), located in Switzerland, are reporting today that an experiment being conducted during the colliders ‘cool down’ phase has resulted in what they are calling an ‘antiquark spree’ that has, literally, “Nailed the heart of Earth”.
Working in conjunction with Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), these reports continue, CERN scientists, while attempting to establish a quark based means of near speed-of-light communications with other Western scientific and military installations, ‘lost control’ of this experiment on the South American ‘anchor’ triggering an ‘unexpected’ stream of antiquark’s which first ignited a massive volcanic eruption in Chile, and in a ‘straight shot’ through the entire planet has further triggered a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake in China.
Chile’s Chaiten volcano [pictured 3 photo on left] began its massive eruption nearly a week and half ago, and nearly two weeks to the date when Russian Scientists blamed CERN for destabilizing Earth’s orbit causing the returning capsule from the International Space Station to veer dramatically off course from its intended landing zone, and as we had previously reported on in our April 20th report, "CERN Experiment Said To Have Destabilize Earth Orbit".
So disastrous has Chile’s Chaiten volcano become that scientists are warning that ‘long-term environmental damage’ is being done to large portions of South America, and where the volcanic plume is covering large portions of the South American continent.
In central China, and which is the antipode (exact opposite) to Chile’s Chaiten volcano, the effects of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in their country can only be described in the most catastrophic terms as the death toll is now over 8,500, with a further 900 students trapped in the rumble of their schools.
These reports further state that the past few days’ eruptions of Kamchatka's Karymsky volcano, and Italy’s Mount Etna volcano are further linked to these CERN experiments gone tragically wrong.
The direst warning of these reports, however, is the summation that states that these catastrophic events due to CERN’s experiments may not be finished as calculations of these antiquark’s paths through our Earth show an increased likelihood of catastrophic tectonic plate changes to both Central and North America.
This is especially worrisome, these reports continue, due to the North American ‘anchor’ to CERN’s quark based communication system, based at their highly secretive base named Area 51 in Nevada, causing over 5,000 earthquakes in that region in recent weeks.
To whatever the outcome of these latest CERN experiments will lead our World, it remains to be seen if these scientists can really play God without having the full instruction manual available to them.
The United Nations is designed not to succeed properly when it comes to responding in a timely and effective way to humanitarian emergencies, especially when it comes to helping and saving 'useless eaters'.
I've just sent this email to the World Food Programme, reminding them that they have the perfect delivery system to feed the survivors in Burma. I'm not holding my breath!
"In East Timor, WFP introduced the “snowdrop” technique, a new approach to delivering
emergency food by air developed in conjunction with a South African aircraft operator,
SAFAIR. Small food sachets, which are dropped from an aircraft, descend slowly to the
ground. The new technique allows WFP to deliver emergency food, as an interim measure,
to the displaced—usually moving populations—until they are settled in identified, less
insecure locations, where normal methods can be used."
Back in the late 1990s, I was involved in testing and promoting this unique and safe Air Delivery System for Food Aid. In fact, I had one of these double sachets land on my head during a test drop on the Island of Texel in the Netherlands.
It would seem to me that this would be the ideal way of getting food aid to the Burmese, especially if the Burmese Government continue to be reluctant to allow outside agencies to deliver food aid direct to the desperate survivors of the cyclone. The sachets can float until retrieved and tens of thousands can be fed from one C-130 drop.
Have you any plans to use this safe, innovative system?
All best wishes
Justin Walker _________________ Connect to Infinite Consciousness - enjoy the ride!
Weather modification weapons and nuclear experiments are probably causing these 'natural' disasters.
All else is about getting hold of the oil of Burma.
Its no coincidence it used to be a British colony like Iraq....
Αsking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More
Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times
Part of a detector to study results of proton collisions by a particle accelerator that a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii seeks to stop.
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By DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: March 29, 2008
None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit, though, if two men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii turn out to be right. They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth — and maybe the universe.
Scientists say that is very unlikely — though they have done some checking just to make sure.
The world’s physicists have spent 14 years and $8 billion building the Large Hadron Collider, in which the colliding protons will recreate energies and conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Researchers will sift the debris from these primordial recreations for clues to the nature of mass and new forces and symmetries of nature.
But Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho contend that scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have played down the chances that the collider could produce, among other horrors, a tiny black hole, which, they say, could eat the Earth. Or it could spit out something called a “strangelet” that would convert our planet to a shrunken dense dead lump of something called “strange matter.” Their suit also says CERN has failed to provide an environmental impact statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Although it sounds bizarre, the case touches on a serious issue that has bothered scholars and scientists in recent years — namely how to estimate the risk of new groundbreaking experiments and who gets to decide whether or not to go ahead.
The lawsuit, filed March 21 in Federal District Court, in Honolulu, seeks a temporary restraining order prohibiting CERN from proceeding with the accelerator until it has produced a safety report and an environmental assessment. It names the federal Department of Energy, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the National Science Foundation and CERN as defendants.
According to a spokesman for the Justice Department, which is representing the Department of Energy, a scheduling meeting has been set for June 16.
Why should CERN, an organization of European nations based in Switzerland, even show up in a Hawaiian courtroom?
In an interview, Mr. Wagner said, “I don’t know if they’re going to show up.” CERN would have to voluntarily submit to the court’s jurisdiction, he said, adding that he and Mr. Sancho could have sued in France or Switzerland, but to save expenses they had added CERN to the docket here. He claimed that a restraining order on Fermilab and the Energy Department, which helps to supply and maintain the accelerator’s massive superconducting magnets, would shut down the project anyway.
James Gillies, head of communications at CERN, said the laboratory as of yet had no comment on the suit. “It’s hard to see how a district court in Hawaii has jurisdiction over an intergovernmental organization in Europe,” Mr. Gillies said.
“There is nothing new to suggest that the L.H.C. is unsafe,” he said, adding that its safety had been confirmed by two reports, with a third on the way, and would be the subject of a discussion during an open house at the lab on April 6.
“Scientifically, we’re not hiding away,” he said.
But Mr. Wagner is not mollified. “They’ve got a lot of propaganda saying it’s safe,” he said in an interview, “but basically it’s propaganda.”
In an e-mail message, Mr. Wagner called the CERN safety review “fundamentally flawed” and said it had been initiated too late. The review process violates the European Commission’s standards for adhering to the “Precautionary Principle,” he wrote, “and has not been done by ‘arms length’ scientists.”
Physicists in and out of CERN say a variety of studies, including an official CERN report in 2003, have concluded there is no problem. But just to be sure, last year the anonymous Safety Assessment Group was set up to do the review again.
“The possibility that a black hole eats up the Earth is too serious a threat to leave it as a matter of argument among crackpots,” said Michelangelo Mangano, a CERN theorist who said he was part of the group. The others prefer to remain anonymous, Mr. Mangano said, for various reasons. Their report was due in January.
This is not the first time around for Mr. Wagner. He filed similar suits in 1999 and 2000 to prevent the Brookhaven National Laboratory from operating the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. That suit was dismissed in 2001. The collider, which smashes together gold ions in the hopes of creating what is called a “quark-gluon plasma,” has been operating without incident since 2000.
Tonight Nick Cohen and Simon Jenkins both armchair warriors have been calling for intervention in Burma for the sake of the ...people.
I experienced some of the summer fires in Greece first hand and observed fires appearing hundreds of metres apart despite the presence of waterplanes and fireengines. Whilst half the area was put out another area suddenly flared up. It cant happen unless they were engineered, which is what they were.
Climate change is a new business to impose a whole raft of measures or to fight countries which one is in dispute in.
Burma was attacked whether China was is difficult to tell from a distance. They may have been underground nuclear testing and something went haywire. After all the earthquake we experienced looks dodgy dont it?
How the Chinese plan to modify the weather in Beijing during the
Olympics, using supercomputers and artillery.
By Mark Williams
Rainmakers: Inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, senior
officials of China's National Development and Reform Commission and
its State Environmental Protection Administration meet the press to
discuss issues of environment, resources, energy, and emission control
(top). Below, one member of China's army of part-time rainmakers mans
an anti-aircraft gun to show the international media how he will shoot
silver iodide into passing clouds.
To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that
Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird's Nest, the city's branch of
the national Weather Modification Office--itself a department of the
larger China Meteorological Administration--has prepared a three-stage
program for the 2008 Olympics this August.
First, Beijing's Weather Modification Office will track the region's
weather via satellites, planes, radar, and an IBM p575 supercomputer,
purchased from Big Blue last year, that executes 9.8 trillion floating
point operations per second. It models an area of 44,000 square
kilometers (17,000 square miles) accurately enough to generate hourly
forecasts for each kilometer.
Then, using their two aircraft and an array of twenty artillery and
rocket-launch sites around Beijing, the city's weather engineers will
shoot and spray silver iodide and dry ice into incoming clouds that
are still far enough away that their rain can be flushed out before
they reach the stadium.
Finally, any rain-heavy clouds that near the Bird's Nest will be
seeded with chemicals to shrink droplets so that rain won't fall until
those clouds have passed over. Zhang Qian, head of Beijing's Weather
Modification Office, explains, "We use a coolant made from liquid
nitrogen to increase the number of droplets while decreasing their
average size. As a result, the smaller droplets are less likely to
fall, and precipitation can be reduced." August is part of Northeast
Asia's rainy season; chances of precipitation over Beijing on any day
that month will approach 50 percent. Still, while tests with clouds
bearing heavy rain loads haven't always been successful, Qian claims
that "the results with light rain have been satisfactory."
Modifying the weather may seem a hubristic exercise. But arguably,
given what else the Chinese have already invested to make this year's
Olympics a showcase for China's emergence as a 21st-century
superpower, it's almost the least they could do. Following the
announcement in 2001 that the 2008 Games had been awarded to Beijing,
the government of the People's Republic initiated $40 billion of new
construction there, bringing 120,000 Chinese migrant workers into the
city (at about $130 each a month) and triggering a five-year steel
shortage worldwide. Today, Beijing boasts, alongside the vast Bird's
Nest, megastructures like a new airport terminal that on its own is
bigger than any airport elsewhere in the world. One measure of the
city's transformation is that today 300 or so new towers, some
designed by the most avant-garde architects on the planet, rise where
a few short years ago there were only siheyuans (traditional Chinese
courtyard residences) interspersed with bland 1950s-era boxes in the
Equally, though, the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and
Evictions estimates that 1.5 million of Beijing's natives will have
been displaced from their homes by government edict when the Olympics
finally begins. This preemptory modernization is of a piece with
China's scale, its 1.32 billion population, and the authoritarian
control exerted by its Communist central government, which nowadays is
dominated by technocrats and engineers who favor mega-projects like
the world's largest dam (the Three Gorges dam over the Yangtze River),
its highest railway (the Qinghai-Tibet line), and even its biggest
Ferris wheel (in Beijing, opening in 2009). Unsurprisingly, therefore,
China's national weather-engineering program is also the world's
largest, with approximately 1,500 weather modification professionals
directing 30 aircraft and their crews, as well as 37,000 part-time
workers--mostly peasant farmers--who are on call to blast away at
clouds with 7,113 anti-aircraft guns and 4,991 rocket launchers.
The Chinese began experimental weather engineering in 1958 to irrigate the country's north, where average yearly rainfall compares with that during the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and sudden windstorms blasting down from the Gobi desert have made drought and famine constant possibilities. Today, the People's Republic budgets $60 to $90 million annually for its national Weather Modification Office. As for the return on this investment, the state-run news agency Xinhua claims that between 1999 and 2007, the office rendered 470,000 square kilometers of land hail-free and created more than 250 billion tons of rain--an amount sufficient to fill the Yellow River, China's second largest, four times over. Furthermore, while Qian's weather engineers in Beijing have been testing their capabilities for the past two years, the Chinese say that during the past five years, similar efforts have already helped produce good weather at national events like the World Expo in Yunnan, the Asian Games in Shanghai, and the Giant Panda Festival in Sichuan.
Although they possess the world's largest weather modification program, the Chinese point to the Russians as being the most advanced. In 1986, Russian scientists deployed cloud-seeding measures to prevent radioactive rain from Chernobyl from reaching Moscow, and in 2000 they cleared clouds before an anniversary ceremony commemorating the end of World War II; China's then president, Jiang Zemin, witnessed the results firsthand and pushed to adopt the same approach back home. As for the historical credit for starting the whole weather-engineering ball rolling back in 1946, that belongs to employees of General Electric in Schenectady, NY--most notably, scientist Bernard Vonnegut (brother of the late novelist Kurt), who worked out silver iodide's potential to provide crystals around which cloud moisture would condense. During the 1960s and '70s, the United States invested millions of federal dollars in experiments like Stormfury (aimed at hurricane control), Skywater (aimed at snow- and rainfall increase), and Skyfire (aimed at lightning suppression). Simultaneously, the U.S. military tried to use weather modification as a weapon in Project Popeye, during the Vietnam War, by rain-making over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an effort to close it.
Nevertheless, because weather is the epitome of a complex, emergent system, no analytical models or methodologies existed that produced data conclusively, proving that weather modification worked. In the United States, research funding died down and commercial weather modification efforts became hemmed in by stringent regulation. A 2003 report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that despite more than 30 years of efforts, "there is still no convincing scientific proof of the efficacy of intentional weather modification efforts."
Still, according to William Cotton, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, "as far as the science of weather modification is concerned, the evidence that it works in certain situations is very compelling." The Chinese are certainly in no doubt: once they have demonstrated their capabilities to the rest of the world at the Olympics later this year, the party's central planners intend to expand their national weather modification program in 2010, turning the Weather Modification Office into a separate government ministry that will double the amount of rain-making and other weather engineering that China is now doing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Laura Bush urged Myanmar's military rulers on Monday to accept a U.S. disaster response team that so far has been kept out, saying it would clear the way for broader relief after a devastating cyclone.
Making an unusual foray into foreign policy, Mrs. Bush, an outspoken critic of Myanmar's generals, also accused the junta of failing to warn its citizens in time about the approaching cyclone that has been blamed for at least 10,000 deaths.
amazing how quick they forget about the new orleans disaster and inaction is'nt it.
I saw the "pictures" from the BBC, showing palm trees bending in the storm that we have been told was Cyclone Nargis, and I thought, that looks familiar.
I then discounted my reaction. I'm not a picture library and could not provide any evidence, even to myself, that the swaying palm trees, I might have seen before . . .
BBC on 16th May 2008 wrote:
* Peter Horrocks
* 16 May 08, 02:21 PM
Last night the BBC broadcast a still which we said showed dozens of bodies lying in the waterfront of the Irrawaddy delta.We have since discovered that the picture was actually taken in Aceh, Sumatra following the tsunami of 2004.
This was a mistake, and we will be correcting it on all BBC output where the still was used.
The BBC has first-hand evidence from its correspondent Natalia Antelava, who recently travelled in the delta, that there were many bodies in the water a week after the cyclone. However the picture we used yesterday to illustrate that truth was itself inaccurate. BBC News apologises for that.
We will be reviewing our processes for checking pictures we receive.
We will be reviewing our processes for checking pictures we receive.
Or already have. And have used before.
The BBC show pictures to support the story they are delivering, on TV, to an audience of millions, several times, then apologise on the web, because it was boIIocks, to a few who can be bothered to find said apology . . .
The millions of viewers, however, are none the wiser about the BBC's "mishtake" and so continue thinking that pictures from a previous "environmental disaster" were actually taken in Myanmar.
But they were not.
How we are supposed to know, for sure, just where these pictures were taken, must surely now, be open to doubt, given the BBC's admission that is uses pictures of dead people from an alleged disaster to portray a current one.
One can only imagine, if the pictures, were in fact representative of the original "disaster".
Or, did the BBC check them then. Back in 2004?
Natalia Antelava's "report" linked above in the BBC article to support their first-hand evidence states:
The BBC's Natalia Antelava wrote:
The BBC's Natalia Antelava reports that the muddy banks of the Irrawaddy Delta are lined with white, swollen bodies and the air reeks of rotting flesh.
That's "first-hand evidence". Because the BBC said it was.
The medium is indeed, the massage......
Peter Horrocks bio: wrote:
Head of Television News
Peter became editor of Newsnight in April 1994 and left to take up the position of editor, Panorama in December 1997.
He was appointed Head of Current Affairs in June 2000.
Since then he has been executive producer of Brits, True Spies, Smallpox 2002, The Day Britain Stopped, Dirty War and The Power Of Nightmares.
No brief there then . . .
But now that he finally runs TV news, he is determined to show that he can raise its editorial ambitions.
Until, like a trusted auntie, you tell us otherwise . . .
This, mishtake, clearly, was not a case of photographic fakery, or even televisual manipulation of an audience of millions.
It was, clearly, a simple case of human error at the BBC . . .
It wasn't child audiences of Blue Peter, that were conned this time.
This time, from the BBC, again, it just happened to be an audience of millions of adults who were conned by "pictures of dead bodies" that were nothing to do with Myanmar. _________________ The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:13 pm Post subject: Burma hits out at cyclone reports
Page last updated at 06:16 GMT, Friday, 6 June 2008 07:16 UK
Burma hits out at cyclone reports
Burma's state-run media has strongly condemned media reports of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.
An article in a state daily accused "self-seekers" of faking video footage of the destruction - and foreign media of using it to harm Burma's image.
Reports that survivors were living in dire conditions in the Irrawaddy Delta were exaggerated, it said.
Burma's leaders have been heavily criticised for their reluctance to accept help after the 2 May cyclone.
According to official figures, 78,000 people were killed and another 56,000 are missing. More than two million people have been affected, aid agencies say.
After an initial refusal, the military junta is now allowing some experts from UN agencies and South East Asian neighbours to help victims of the storm.
But earlier this week US Navy ships carrying much-needed helicopters and landing craft left Burma's coastline after 15 failed attempts to convince the regime to let them in.
Some of the most shocking footage that has emerged from the storm-hit region has come from video shot by Burmese amateurs and circulated on DVDs.
Burmese media labelled coverage of the cyclone as "despicable"
In an article, the New Light of Myanmar condemned "self-seekers exploiting storm victims".
They were, it said, "shooting video films featuring made-up stories in the storm-affected areas... and sending the videotapes to foreign news agencies".
"Those foreign news agencies are issuing such groundless news stories with the intention of tarnishing the image of Myanmar (Burma) and misleading the international community," it said.
The daily also accused reporters of exaggerating the conditions in which victims were living, describing the coverage as "despicable and inhuman acts of local and foreign anti-government groups".
Burma is desperate to prove that it is in control of the relief effort and that it does not need large-scale foreign help, correspondents say.
It has done its utmost to prevent journalists entering the storm-hit region, setting up police checkpoints to stop people travelling into the area.
But aid agencies say they still do not have the unrestricted access they need to fully implement the kind of relief and reconstruction operation required.
The story came a day after Burma's most prominent comedian, Zarganar, was detained after leading a private effort to deliver aid to cyclone victims.
Many Burmese volunteers have been organising their own deliveries to the delta to help people who have not received any aid.
Source: Your ever trusted [even though they admit to using TV fakery in their coverage of the, now, "old news", "Myanmar Emergency": Auntie
The "Fabian Society Propaganda Rag", The Guardian, mouthpiece of the British New Labour Junta, who refuse to hold an enquiry into how and why 56 human beings died in an alleged, "terrorist outrage", the former head of the UK Junta, Generalissimo Princess Bliar, who declared that such an enquiry would be a "ludicrous diversion" from the now, defunct "War on Terror", a non-uniformed junta that really really really did help the victims of last year's "floods" in the UK, writes:
Cyclone Nargis: Burmese junta claims media is making up horror stories
The Burmese regime today accused the international media of fabricating stories about the aftermath of the deadly cyclone to tarnish the country's image around the world.
It denounced foreign news organisations and accused them of exaggerating and distorting accounts of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis almost five weeks ago.
The government mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar daily newspaper, accused foreign media of misleading the international community to make it appear the regime had done little to help the survivors.
Burma's secretive military government, which has maintained an iron grip on power for 46 years, has gone to extraordinary lengths to give the impression that it is able to care for the estimated 2.4 million survivors.
But Burma's generals have come in for a barrage of criticism from the international community for their failure to allow disaster relief experts into the worst hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta where most of the estimated 134,000 casualties died.
The clampdown that also kept the media out of the delta failed to stop reports of the dire conditions getting out. Among the most graphic images that emerged are on video shot by Burmese amateurs and made into lurid DVDs on sale in the main city, Rangoon.
The New Light of Myanmar accused "self-seekers and unscrupulous elements" of colluding with the international media to invent stories about the survivors of the cyclone.
"Those foreign news agencies are issuing such groundless news stories with the intention of tarnishing the image of Myanmar and misleading the international community into believing that cyclone victims do not receive any assistance," the newspaper said.
"The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane acts by local and foreign anti-government groups and self-centred persons and their exploiting of the storm victims are absolutely obnoxious."
Quite why the Myanmar, (why do the UK/US media insist on using the country name Burma?) "authorities" do not publish similar accounts about the UK / US Juntas, titled:
London 7/7: UK Junta is making up horror stories about London bombings
and / or
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Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:42 pm Post subject: Genocide in Myanmar?
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"If you get all your news from the mainstream media you will be forgiven for not knowing that right now thousands of people – men, women, children – are being slaughtered in Burma. This is no hyperbole. Over the last 24 hours the violence has escalated dramatically and on Twitter photos and videos of the massacres have been relayed. We are seeing genocide."
Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of Burma and a global icon of courage, endurance and moral authority. But as Guy Horton reports from Burma, she is now actively colluding with the Burmese military's violent campaigns against minority ethnic and religious groups.
The sound of the Secretary General of the United Nations welcoming a ceasefire on the radio was punctuated by the sound of heavy mortar shells. There was nowhere to run.
One morning in January this year I stood near the front line between the Kachin Independence and Burma armies. The former was defending some of the last remnants of its territory. The latter was inflicting a massive attack consisting of tens of thousands of troops, supported by helicopter gunships and jet fighter bombers under the direction of the Supreme Command.
It was a systematic onslaught. The sound of the Secretary General of the United Nations welcoming a ceasefire on the radio was punctuated by the sound of heavy mortar shells. There was nowhere to run. The Chinese border, a row of bamboos 400 yards away, was closed.
Two young boys behind me were preparing to defend their home made bunker with toy Kalishnikovs. On the wall sat an eight year old boy whose mother had been shot dead in her kitchen while he watched from the edge of a sugar cane field. He looked as though his eyes had been blown out. An old man wept uncontrollably after describing his daughter being bayoneted to death in front of him.
The people doing this were the Burmese army. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi actively disregards all this and refuses to visit Kachin State. It does not fit the narrative: democratic transition and the fairy tale democracy princess miraculously released from bondage.
I am not Kachin or Burmese. I am English. I am a Winston Churchill Fellow, sometime member of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society of Arts, and member of the Front Line Club. I have a BA and MA from Cambridge and post graduate qualifications from London University and Oxford Brookes. I can quote Chaucer for breakfast. I am as English as the Cotswolds, or a Windsor Park Oak tree, or a song thrush singing its heart out on a blustery February morning.
I therefore take exception to being shelled by an army now being aided by the British government on the recommendation of the world's democracy and human rights icon - Aung San Suu Kyi. I take further exception to the naivety, or cynicism, of The Elders, the Carter Centre, the Myanmar Peace Centre and Uncle Tom Cobley and all calling for 'peace', without the essential preconditions of a real peace in this multi-ethnic, multi-religious country: a democratic and federal Constitution.
Questions must now be asked about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's position - because what she is saying and doing seems to transcend mere evasiveness. It includes, amongst other things: apparent denial of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Rakhine State; implicitly blaming Muslims for the violence because "global Muslim power is very great"; through her silence in the face of atrocity, passively condoning Buddhist hate speech; equation of the suffering of Buddhists with that of Muslims; sustained disregard of the violations inflicted on the Christian Kachin; encouragement of military collaboration between the British and the Bamar army that is responsible for repeated and multiple crimes against humanity; and condoning the army's actions by sharing the podium with the generals on March 27, 'Union Day'.
Her easiveness has now degenerated into complicity with the military-controlled government and its 'Burmanisation' policies, to shoehorn the multiple ethnicities of Burma into a single national identity. This does not appear to be naivety. It appears to be a deliberately chosen political policy. She appears to be doing the one thing no responsible politician in a volatile, multi-racial society should do: playing the race card to gain votes.
Such criticism is expressed with the greatest reluctance and deepest sadness. Aung San Suu Kyi has shown such noble grace and indefatigable courage under pressure that she has deserved and needed unqualified support. Through the long years of the world's indifference, I and others supported her without reservation, even while organisations like the International Crisis Group produced cleverly nuanced misrepresentations implying she was inflexible, stubborn, and irrelevant.
When her husband and I tried to arrange meetings in her support, he would resignedly lament that we would be lucky to get five people to turn up. And he was right. When I asked the bookshops in Oxford to place her work prominently in the store windows no one knew who this woman with an unpronounceable name was, or could be bothered to find out. Even the Oxford Town Council, her home town, had to be prodded into recognising and honouring her with the Freedom of the City Award.
In short, it appeared the candle of hope was being quietly snuffed out no matter how hard we worked to keep the flame burning. But now, in entirely new circumstances, candid questions must be asked. We are now no longer dealing with a vulnerable woman under house arrest, but with a freed global icon who may become Burma's next President, or Vice-President. The situation demands objective scrutiny and searching questions, not cult-like obsequiousness.
Why, 23 years after the 1990 election, has she not followed in her father's footsteps and appointed a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, shadow cabinet? Remember: a Christian Karen and a Muslim Cabinet Minister died with Aung San when he was assassinated.
Why has a set of policies for a shadow government not been drawn up?
Why did her NLD party boycott the 2010 elections and then stand in the 2012 by-elections, thus providing an apparently legitimate democratic fig leaf for the illegitimate military controlled government and the whole grotesquely rigged political transition?
Why did she take an oath of allegiance to a Constitution which legitimises the illegitimate military controlled government?
Why does she unrealistically promise hopes of reform when the military and its civilian thugs effectively control the Parliament?
Why does she want to stand for President? And so provide the military with apparent democratic legitimacy without any real transition to a federal democracy?
Why did she sit on the podium showing solidarity with the Generals at their annual military parade of March 27? Just after they had launched the biggest military assault on an ethnic people since the Second World War? An attack that caused thousands of deaths, including those of young conscripted Burmese soldiers forced to carry out human wave attacks?
Why did she endorse the Letpadaung land grab by the Chinese Wanbao mining company, and a Burmese military holding company? And in so doing, confirm the Constitution's denial of the right of the people of Burma to securely own property?
How were the results of the 1990 election allowed to be annulled when the combined votes for democratic parties approximately exceeded 80 percent? when this was a political disaster for which there are few parallels in modern history?
Why does she travel the World? Yet refuse to visit Rakhine and Kachin States where some 250,000 people have been terrorised out of their homes since her release and the 'democratic transition' began?
"To stay neutral between an aggressor and a victim is to side with the aggressor", she is reported to have said. Her comments, equating Buddhist with Muslim suffering while disregarding that of the Christian Kachin, appear to do just that.
In so doing she has become alarmingly close to being the military controlled government's complicit apologist. A single visit by Aung San Suu Kyi, accompanied by the world's media, to an internally displaced Rohingya or Kachin camp could have transformed perceptions of modern Burma around the world.
We need to stand back and see Burma's 'peace in our time' in a wider historical and geographical context. Governments may be making the same mistake they made in places like Iraq and Indo-China: implementing policies based on an inadequate understanding of the cultures and dynamics of the peoples of those regions.
Diem and Chalabi did not represent Vietnam or Iraq. Aung San Suu Kyi - born from the Bamar elite, educated in a Methodist English school in Rangoon until the age of fifteen, and who then lived abroad until the age of 44 - should not be the single prism through which the world sees Burma.
The global media's infatuation with Aung San Suu Kyi, and its wilful misrepresentation and endorsement of Burma's fatally flawed political process, has done incalculable harm to hopes of a genuine democracy ever being realised.
With Aung San Suu Kyi and much of the ethnic Burman 'opposition' co-opted by the military controlled government, the other ethnic peoples face a ghastly choice: to be coerced into signing 'peace agreements' that will turn them into impoverished wage slaves on their own land in the service of Bamar or foreign crony capitalists; or continue to resist, and risk annihilation.
Could this 'peace' possibly be precisely what Aung San Suu Kyi wants? She has always been first and foremost her idealised Father's daughter; and the army has always beem the "soft spot" she "cannot help" but identify with. She once asked of the violently displaced Letpadaung farmers, forced to give up their land for a giant copper mine: "Why do they want their mountain?" One day they, and all the people of Burma, will offer the resounding reply: "Because it's ours!"
Guy Horton, known as "The man who uncovered the truth about Burma", has worked in Burma and its border zones since 1998. From 2002-2005 he researched the violations inflicted on the eastern ethnic peoples, receiving funding from the Netherlands government. His 2005 report Dying Alive and supporting video footage received worldwide coverage and contributed to the submission of Burma to the UN Security Council in January 2007. As result of the report, the UN Committee on the Prevention of Genocide carried out an investigation and placed Burma Myanmar on the Genocide Alert list.
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Lawi Weng. a well-respected journalist known for his coverage of Myanmar's conflicts, faces up to three years in prison
Under the military junta that ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years, the media were tightly controlled.
But after a quasi-civilian government took over in 2011, many curbs were lifted and a rigid censorship regime abolished.
Journalists were among masses of political prisoners released, and media outlets mushroomed to serve a highly literate population that had been starved of independent news.
When the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate kept under house arrest for years because of her democratic activism, won historic elections in 2015, many expected more media freedom would follow.
But journalists and press freedom advocates are alarmed by what they say is an increasingly heavy-handed approach, especially on matters of sensitivity to the military, which retains significant power.
The latest case involves three journalists arrested by the military on 26 June after watching the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), a rebel group, burn drugs in north-eastern Shan State.
Journalists hold a banner as they protest against a law they say curbs free speech, at the start of a trial of two journalists who the army is suing for defamation over a satirical article, in YangonImage copyrightREUTERS
"Using the archaic Unlawful Associations Act to incarcerate journalists is an affront to democracy in Myanmar," says the Committee to Protect Journalists
Aye Nai, 53, and Pyae Phone Naing, 24, report for the Democratic Voice of Burma broadcaster, while Lawi Weng, 38, works for The Irrawaddy news magazine and website. Both outlets were run by exiles who fled during the junta era to report on abuses in the then pariah state, and who returned home after reforms in 2012.
The trio were handed to police and charged under the colonial-era Unlawful Associations Act for having alleged contact with the TNLA, which the army has recently been clashing with and describes as a "terrorist" group. They could face up to three years in prison, and a close aide of Ms Suu Kyi has defended the charges.
"It's true that they broke the law by going to meet ethnic groups," Win Htein, a former political prisoner, said.
Yet the case has caused uproar because many journalists have met TNLA rebels without facing prosecution, and the group came into direct contact with reporters and officials when it attended peace talks in May in the capital, Naypyitaw.
'Climate of fear'
Lawi Weng is well-respected for his reporting on ethnic armed groups around Myanmar.
His fiancée, Loa Htaw, told Reuters news agency that he was well aware that he could be jailed for reporting on such issues, and criticising both the military and government.
But "he needs to report for the voiceless and the powerless", she said.
Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (C) blows on candles during a ceremony celebrating her 72nd birthday at the Parliament in Naypyitaw, MyanmarImage copyrightEPA
Aung San Suu Kyi recently told the BBC she was "just a politician" and "not quite like Margaret Thatcher" but "no Mother Theresa either"
Aung Zaw, editor of The Irrawaddy, said his reporter had been planning to investigate reports of abuses by the army and local militias in the area.
He said he had been unlawfully arrested, and that journalists were legally allowed to gather news in conflict zones. "Our work is under threat," he told the BBC.
In an opinion piece, he wrote: "The return of a climate of fear is very disturbing, particularly after the National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 election.
"I can't help but recall Lawi's optimism on Election Day. No, he was not thinking that he would eventually be locked up under this government".
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The arrests come weeks after two journalists from The Voice newspaper were sued by the military over a satirical article.
Editor Kyaw Min Swe remains in custody and has been charged with defamation under a controversial section of the telecommunications law that human rights groups say is being used to silence criticism of the military and government online.
Activists say at least 71 people have been charged under Section 66(d) since the law came into force in 2013 - the vast majority after Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD took power.
One man was sentenced to six months for posting a poem on Facebook about having a tattoo of former President Thein Sein on his penis.
Kyaw Min Swe (C), editor-in-chief of The Voice Daily newspaper, arrives to hear the Bahan township court for the third trial in Yangon on June 16, 2017Image copyrightAFP
Kyaw Min Swe, editor of The Voice, has had several bail requests rejected
Aung San Suu Kyi has come under sustained criticism internationally for what many perceive as her failure to speak out about grave human rights abuses allegedly committed by the military against the Muslim minority Rohingya community, and civilians from other ethnic minorities in conflict-affected areas.
The treatment of journalists under her government has also come under scrutiny.
Some Myanmar watchers say that not all the criticism is warranted, however. The military retains significant power throughout the country, and controls the defence, home and border affairs ministries and holds 25% of the seats in Parliament.
As a tenuous democratic transition continues, Ms Suu Kyi's room to manoeuvre is tight and she is choosing her priorities carefully, some argue.
In April, she told the BBC that she was "just a politician" and "no Mother Theresa".
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Still, with a parliamentary majority the NLD government "has the power to amend or abolish many repressive laws" that are used to target journalists, the Democratic Voice of Burma's editor-in-chief Aye Chan Naing told the BBC.
He adds that the arrest of two of his journalists for doing their "normal job" is "shocking ".
"It's very disappointing the way the government [has reacted] on this case," he says.
"We can understand the way the military is acting but it's really shocking to see [the government], instead of helping and siding with the independent journalists, is kind of giving the green light to the military to go ahead."
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Israel is under fire from human rights groups for the continued sale of weaponry to the Burmese junta after intensified violence against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.
More than 100 tanks, as well as boats and light weapons, have been sold to the Burmese government by Israeli arms companies, investigations by several rights watchdogs have found.
One company, TAR Ideal Concepts, has also trained Burmese special forces in northern Rakhine state, where much of the violence is taking place, posting pictures on their website of its staff teaching combat tactics and how to handle weapons.
An army crackdown triggered by an attack on 25 August by Rohingya insurgents on Burma security forces has triggered a major humanitarian crisis. At least 400 people have been killed and nearly 125,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
There is a US and EU embargo on selling arms to the South East Asian country, which was until recently under military rule. Israel’s high court will decide on whether to ban arms sales to the country later this month after a petition by Israeli acitivists.
In March, the Israeli defence ministry defended sales, saying that the courts had no jurisdiction over a “diplomatic” issue.
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“Successive Israeli governments have been selling arms to the military dictatorship in Burma for years,” Ofer Neiman, an Israeli human rights activist, told Middle East Eye.
“This policy is strongly related to Israel's oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people. Weapons used against the Palestinians are being sold as 'field-tested' to some of the worst regimes on the planet.”
Graphic photo and video from the region show beheaded children and entire villages burnt to the ground by military and paramilitary forces.
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Myanmar: Who are the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army?
The government calls it a terrorist organisation and says its leaders have trained abroad. The International Crisis Group (ICG) also says the militants have trained abroad and released a report in 2016 saying the group was led by Rohingya people living in Saudi Arabia. The ICG says Arsa's leader is Ata Ullah, who was born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia.
A group of Rohingya Muslims that attacked Myanmar border guards in October is headed by people with links to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Thursday, citing members of the group.
The coordinated attacks on Oct 9 killed nine policemen, and sparked a crackdown by security forces in the Muslim-majority north of Rakhine State in the country's northwest.
At least 86 people have been killed, according to state media, and the United Nations has estimated 27,000 members of the largely stateless Rohingya minority have fled across the border to Bangladesh.
Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar's government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed Rohingyas supported by foreign militants for the Oct 9 attacks, but has issued scant further information about the assailants it called “terrorists”.
A group calling itself Harakah al-Yakin claimed responsibility for the attacks in video statements and the Brussels-based ICG said it had interviewed four members of the group in Rakhine State and two outside Myanmar, as well as individuals in contact with members via messaging apps.
The Harakah al-Yakin, or Faith Movement, was formed after communal violence in 2012 in which more than 100 people were killed and about 140,000 displaced in Rakhine State, most of them Rohingya, the group said.
Rohingya who have fought in other conflicts, as well as Pakistanis or Afghans, gave clandestine training to villagers in northern Rakhine over two years ahead of the attacks, it said.
“It included weapons use, guerrilla tactics and, HaY members and trainees report, a particular focus on explosives and IEDs,” the group said, referring to improvised explosive devices.
It identified Harakah al-Yakin's leader, who has appeared prominently in a series of nine videos posted online, as Ata Ullah, born in Karachi, to a Rohingya migrant father before moving as a child to Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
“Though not confirmed, there are indications he went to Pakistan and possibly elsewhere, and that he received practical training in modern guerrilla warfare,” the group said, noting that Ata Ullah was one of 20 Rohingya from Saudi Arabia leading the group's operations in Rakhine State.
Separately, a committee of 20 senior Rohingya emigres oversees the group, which has its headquarters in Makkah, the ICG said.
Groups like the militant Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent have referred to the plight of the Rohingya in their material, and the battlefield experience of at least some of the Rohingya fighters implied links to international militants, the ICG said.
However, ICG said the group has notably not engaged in attacks on the civilian Buddhist population in Rakhine. And Harakah al-Yakin's statements to date indicate its main goals are to end the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar and secure the minority's citizenship status.
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