It’s interesting to watch developments in Myanmar as the country continues to emerge, seemingly, from its harsh past. Though its leaders have more to do, there are encouraging signs, including Myanmar on Monday releasing 24 child soldiers from its military. It is in line with officials’ pledge to halt child-rights violations. Pledges are important, and [...]
AlertNet has posted a blog article today written by a Myanmar Red Cross worker and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent on how some Myanmarese are doing two years this month after Cyclone Nargis struck the already-troubled Southeast Asian nation. It by no means gives a complete picture of the situation there, [...]
Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar — there still are crises in these countries and others around the world requiring a slice of attention. Even as the urgency of Haiti clearly rises to the top of the agenda, as I’ve said before, the world must be able to multitask on humanitarian situations. Look to Thomson Reuters Foundation [...]
Posted: January 24th, 2010 under Africa, Asia, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Middle East, Myanmar, United Nations, development aid, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: earthquake, Haiti, humanitarian crises, international humanitarin policy, Iraq, Myanmar, Sudan
I highly recommend watching Wide Angle’s program, on PBS, about what has happened to the children of Myanmar since Cylcone Nargis hit. The people there, especially youngsters, are struggling mightily with little help from the government. This issue, and others involving Myanmar’s treatment of its people, need to stay on the U.S. radar. Granted, sanctions to pressure [...]
Posted: August 25th, 2009 under Asia, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Media, Myanmar, Uncategorized, human rights, international children's issues.
Tags: Burma, children's rights, China, humanitarian crises, international journalism, Myanmar
It only was in May of the year just ended – a mere eight months ago — that Cyclone Nargis pummeled Myanmar. The damage has long since slipped out of the international spotlight, even though so many of the 2.4 million survivors who were affected by the devastation still are reeling. Well, it’s time once again to remind people of [...]
Posted: January 1st, 2009 under Myanmar, U.S. politics, development aid, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: Cyclone Nargis, cyclones, foreign aid, junta, Myanmar, Obama administration, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations
I’ve been watching the Democratic convention, as I will the Republican, for references to developing countries and global humanitarian issues. Finally, tonight, former President Clinton, whose post-presidency has focused on global health, acknowledged those issues. His comments were not simply on humanitarian issues. They were on the topics that frame U.S. humanitarian response. He talked about the power of diplomacy, [...]
Posted: August 27th, 2008 under Africa, Myanmar, Sudan, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: Chris Smith, Darfur, diplomacy, foreign aid, Frank Wolf, humanitarian crises, Myanmar, President Clinton, Sam Brownback
Not surprisingly, the estimate of the dead and missing has gone up dramatically since the cyclone hit over the weekend. Here’s an update from Bloomberg news. Also, check out the comment/link left on my previous post by a blogger at Global Voices Online. Here’s Bloomberg.
May 6 (Bloomberg) — The death toll from the tropical cyclone that [...]
Any cyclone is a tragedy. But here’s betting the impact of the cyclone that struck Myanmar over the weekend will be worsened thanks to the isolation imposed by the repressive military regime that has ruled the Southeast Asian country once known as Burma for 46 years. Myanmar generally only makes the news when the regime further jails opposition [...]
Please excuse me for not having posted an entry in so long. My mother, who has been ill since I was in Uganda last June (I cut that trip short to race to the hospital in Cleveland where she was in intensive care) passed away last week. It all seems so unreal to me, that [...]