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  • Russia: Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation (USN ships upsets Putin)

    08/27/2008 6:42:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 313+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/28/08 | Michael Evans
    Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation Russia has criticised the US for using naval ships to deliver aid to Georgia Michael Evans, Defence Editor A new Cold War between Russia and the West grew steadily closer yesterday after the Kremlin gave a warning about “direct confrontation” between American and Russian warships in the Black Sea. Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister, declared that Russia was taking “measures of precaution” against American and Nato naval ships. “Let’s hope we do not see any direct confrontation in that,” he said. Any attempt by...
  • U.S. aid ship avoids Russian-held Georgia port

    08/27/2008 11:14:26 AM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 5 replies · 299+ views
    MSNBC News Services ^ | Aug. 27, 2008
    BATUMI, Georgia - A U.S. military ship carrying humanitarian aid docked at the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi on Wednesday, avoiding the port of Poti, which is still controlled by Russian forces. The move came amid escalating tensions between Russia and Georgia's Western allies. Batumi, where the Coast Guard cutter Dallas docked, is well south of the zone of fighting in this month's war between Russia and Georgia. The United States and European nations have assailed Russia's recognition of two Georgian territories as separate nations Tuesday, and Moscow has also criticized the United States for bringing humanitarian aid into...
  • U.S. Cancels Plan To Dock At Georgian Port

    08/27/2008 2:01:31 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 32 replies · 236+ views
    CBSNEWS.COM ^ | TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 27, 2008 | CBS/AP
    (CBS/AP) The United States has canceled plans to try to dock a military ship carrying humanitarian aid in the Georgian port of Poti, where Russian forces are posted on the outskirts, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday. The ship, the Coast Guard cutter Dallas, was to have come to the Black Sea port Wednesday morning. But embassy spokesman Stephen Guice said the vessel instead will dock in Batumi, a port well south of the zone of fighting in this month's war between Russia and Georgia. Guice said he did not have information on why the plan was changed. Poti's port...
  • US warships scrap visit to Georgian port-source

    08/26/2008 1:54:10 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 26 replies · 347+ views
    TBILISI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. warships have scrapped a plan to deliver relief supplies to Georgia's flashpoint port of Poti on Wednesday, a source close to the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said. "The ships will not dock in Poti tomorrow," the source told Reuters, referring to a planned mission by the USS McFaul and another vessel. Their presence would have been sure to enrage Russia, which has troops patrolling the port following a brief war with Georgia. "There was a possibility that the McFaul might go to Poti but no-one has given us a final decision. We're not sure...
  • US warships to dock in Georgia's flashpoint port

    08/26/2008 2:16:55 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 49 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters ^ | 26 Aug 2008 08:59:09 GMT
    TBILISI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Two U.S. warships will deliver humanitarian supplies on Wednesday to the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti where Russian troops have been mounting patrols, the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said on Tuesday.
  • Cindy McCain Heading to Republic of Georgia

    08/25/2008 7:09:36 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 33 replies · 661+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 25 2008 | Michael Shear
    Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, is headed to the Republic of Georgia, where tensions between the government and Russia have sparked international concern and have become an issue on the presidential campaign trail. McCain announced to a group of fundraisers in Sacramento that his wife was headed to the country, but the campaign did not provide any details about the trip. McCain has been very aggressive in his condemnation of Russia's invasion of Georgia, and his campaign has been critical of Obama's more measured response when Russian tanks first pushed into the country. McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker confirmed...
  • Cindy McCain to visit distressed Georgia: Announcement comes as Michelle Obama addresses DNC

    08/25/2008 6:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 248+ views
    MSNBC/Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2008
    SACRAMENTO, California - John McCain told a crowd at a fundraiser that his wife is on her way to the embattled nation of Georgia, an announcement coming just hours before Barack Obama's wife makes a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention. McCain told a crowd that wife, Cindy, was to accompany him on his visit to California and he apologized for her absence. "Cindy is not here today and I'm sorry she's not," said McCain. "She's on her way to the little country of Georgia." McCain has been a staunch supporter of Georgia in that country's clash with Russia,...
  • USS McFaul Brings Aid to Batumi, Georgia

    08/25/2008 9:25:59 AM PDT · by topher · 42 replies · 416+ views
    US Navy web site ^ | 8-24-2008 | By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F) Public Affairs
    USS McFaul Brings Aid to Batumi, Georgia Story Number: NNS080824-07 Release Date: 8/24/2008 1:00:00 PM By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F) Public Affairs BATUMI, Republic of Georgia (NNS) -- USS McFaul (DDG 74) pulled into the port of Batumi, Georgia, Aug. 24 to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to the country as part of the larger United States response to the government of Georgia request for humanitarian assistance. This represents the first U.S. Navy ship to arrive and deliver humanitarian assistance to Georgia. "Our job was to get the supplies to Georgia as quickly as possible," said...
  • Aid to Georgia Surpasses Million-Pound Mark

    08/24/2008 1:30:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 304+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2008 – The U.S. military has delivered more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. Georgian soldiers, working with U.S. soldiers, assist in delivery of humanitarian assistance supplies to the people of Georgia Aug. 21, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Marine Maj. Rob James  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. As of Aug.22, 36 missions had been flown by Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft as well as Navy C-9 Skytrain, C-130 Hercules and C-40 Clipper aircraft, U.S. European Command officials said. Two U.S. ships are on the way,...
  • U.S. Navy Arrives in Georgia, Russian Troops Stay

    08/24/2008 4:36:39 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 684+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:18am EDT | Niko Mchedlishvili
    BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship arrived in Georgia's main Black Sea port of Batumi on Sunday with humanitarian aid as Russia ignored Western demands to remove its remaining troops from Georgia's heartland. Russia says the residual troops are peacekeepers needed to avert further bloodshed and to protect the people of Georgia's separatist, pro-Moscow provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia two days after Moscow said it had wrapped up its withdrawal. On Georgia's main east-west rail line, a fuel train exploded on Sunday after apparently hitting a landmine. The conflict erupted on August 7-8 when Georgia tried to...
  • Ships Deploy to Support Georgia Humanitarian Assistance Mission (TONK, there's a USCG Cutter too!)

    08/21/2008 4:40:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 788+ views
    NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 21, 2008 – Two Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter are transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Weaver and Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Smith prepare humanitarian aid supplies for loading aboard USS McFaul at Souda Bay, Crete, Aug. 20, 2008. Nearly 55 tons of supplies were loaded as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces in the former Soviet republic. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eddie Harrison   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. These deployments...
  • Sen Biden: US To Consider $1 Billion Emergency Aid For Georgia

    08/19/2008 8:33:28 AM PDT · by Globalist Goon · 17 replies · 152+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP)--The United States will consider providing $1 billion in emergency aid to Georgia, a top U.S. lawmaker said Monday on his return from a visit to the conflict-torn nation.
  • $2 Million Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue

    08/18/2008 4:50:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 125+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – The U.S. military has delivered $2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Georgia in an ongoing effort to relieve the war-torn former Soviet republic that came under Russian attack 10 days ago. In addition to 130 tons of airlifted cargo, U.S. European Command has granted the Georgian government in Tblisi access to a $1.2 million stockpile of disaster relief and medical supplies stored in Georgia. “We are going to continue to flow in assistance,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. “We have been over the weekend, and we will continue this week.” More than...
  • On the edge of common sense: Beliefs encourage US to aid ungrateful world

    08/17/2008 4:50:53 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 5 replies · 208+ views
    http://www.amarillo.com ^ | August 16, 2008 | Baxter Black
    Juxtaposed on opposite pages of the BBC International newspaper were two stories: "..thousands of people (in Seoul, South Korea) protesting against resumption of U.S. Beef imports..." and "The U.S. announced that it will send half a million tons of food aid to North Korea." How can two so closely connected groups of people hold such strong opposite opinions about the safety of U.S. food exports? Easy. It's the haves vs. the have-nots. South Korea is a strong democratic nation, our ally, who owes its existence to the U.S. and the United Nations. It has the luxury to be choosey. Its...
  • Military Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue, Bush Says

    08/16/2008 3:52:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 228+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2008 – The U.S. military flights that have delivered humanitarian assistance to Georgia this week will continue in the days ahead, President Bush said today. American C-17 aircraft began delivering aid to Georgia Aug. 14 in the wake of attacks by Russian forces in two breakaway Georgian regions and other parts of the former Soviet republic. “In recent days, U.S. cargo planes carrying humanitarian supplies have arrived in Georgia. In the days ahead, we will continue using U.S. aircraft and other assets as needed to deliver more humanitarian and medical supplies,” Bush said today in his...
  • US yet to ask Turkey to let hospital ships through: embassy

    08/16/2008 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Arkinsaw · 6 replies · 178+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/16/2008 | AFP
    ANKARA (AFP) — Washington has made no formal request from Ankara to allow two US hospital ships to sail through the Turkish Straits to Georgia, a US diplomat said Saturday, following reports that Turkey was dragging its feet on making a decision.
  • Georgian refugees' plight is grim

    08/15/2008 9:13:17 PM PDT · by MarMema · 45 replies · 274+ views
    latimes ^ | 8-15-08 | megan stack
    The crush of displaced people has proved more than the government or aid organizations can handle. Many who have taken shelter in the Georgian capital say they could not have survived if not for an impromptu outpouring of charity from fellow Georgians, who have opened their doors to strangers and shown up at shelters bearing food, bedding, soap and medicine.
  • Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission

    08/14/2008 4:26:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Erin Dorrance, USAF
    TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 14, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport here yesterday, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Broegemueller, assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing's Contingency Response Group at Sembach Air Base, Germany, helps to push out the first of 16 pallets aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 13, 2008. The humanitarian assistance delivery consisted of $1 million...
  • Georgian Humanitarian Mission Continues

    08/14/2008 4:48:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – The humanitarian mission under way in Georgia is intended to alleviate suffering for now and will move into longer-range help in the future, officials said at a Pentagon news conference today. The Air Force has sent two supply-filled C-17 Globemaster III transports into Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. More flights will follow, officials said, but none are scheduled just yet. Russian troops who invaded Georgia last week are beginning to pull back, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also spoke at...
  • 'No US forces needed in Georgia'

    08/14/2008 8:51:50 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 65 replies · 308+ views
    US defence chief Robert Gates has said he sees no prospect of using US military force in Georgia, following its week-long conflict with Russia. But he warned that US-Russia relations could be adversely affected for years as a result of Moscow's actions. (snip) Despite concerns that Moscow may not be keen quickly to leave Georgian territory, Mr Gates said the Russians did seem to be pulling back. "They appear to be withdrawing their forces back towards Abkhazia and to the zone of conflict... towards South Ossetia," he said.
  • The Americans arrive

    08/14/2008 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 223+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 14, 2008
    AMERICA'S George Bush delivered a stark warning to Russia this week that led Russia to begin to pull back its forces in Georgia. Mr Bush sent his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, to Georgia and told his defence secretary, Robert Gates, to organise a humanitarian-aid operation. The first American military aircraft landed at Tbilisi airport on Thursday August 14th. This conflict is about more than the two separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or displacing Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s hot-headed president. It is about Russia, resurgent and nationalistic, pushing its way back into the Caucasus and chasing others out, and...
  • US planes begin delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia

    08/14/2008 12:13:40 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 43 replies · 152+ views
    Irish Times ^ | August 14, 2008
    US military planes have begun delivering aid to Georgia as Washington stepped up support for a shaky ceasefire with Russian troops around the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Russia said today it will soon pull out from Gori, a town 60km east of the capital Tbilisi, just outside South Ossetia and which contols the key road between eastern and western Georgia. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to hold talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy before heading to Tbilisi. Her trip comes six days into a conflict that has shifted from artillery, tank and gun battles at the...
  • Russian Troops Roll Into Gori; Bush Orders Humanitarian Aid

    08/13/2008 12:56:40 PM PDT · by Fred · 28 replies · 88+ views
    WSJ ^ | 081308 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV and LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    President George W. Bush announced the dispatch of a U.S. military aircraft carrying medical supplies to the Georgian capital of Tblisi on Wednesday morning, warning Russia that he expected it to be allowed to deliver its aid by air and sea. The statement, with its echoes of the 1961 Berlin airlift, upped tensions between the two former Cold War adversaries. The day after Russia agreed to a French-brokered cease-fire, Russian troops followed by irregular fighters pushed deep into Georgia, aiming to seize the strategic city of Gori and cutting the main highway that crosses the country to the capital Tbilisi....
  • FM Livni speaks with FM of Georgia, Israel sends humanitarian aid to Georgia

    08/13/2008 8:38:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 66+ views
    IMRA ^ | 8-13-08
    FM Livni speaks with FM of Georgia, Israel sends humanitarian aid to Georgia 12 Aug 2008 (Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson) Israel is sending humanitarian aid to Georgia tonight (12 August) as the first part of a broader aid effort to be implemented soon. The shipment, which will be flown by the Georgian national airline, consists of two respirators and seven EKG monitors. The aid is a result of cooperation between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Archimedes Global- Madanes Group. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni spoke on the telephone this afternoon (12 August)...
  • U.S. begins relief effort in Georgia Bush dispatches Rice to aid diplomatic efforts

    08/13/2008 12:03:48 PM PDT · by Fred · 16 replies · 248+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 081408 | Jeff Schogol
    Mideast edition, Thursday, August 14, 2008 ARLINGTON, Va. — President Bush has ordered the U.S. military to begin a humanitarian mission in Georgia. "This mission will be vigorous and ongoing," Bush said Wednesday at the White House, adding that a U.S. C-17 aircraft with humanitarian supplies was on its way to Georgia. Russian troops and tanks invaded the country last week in response to a Georgian offensive intended to retake the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The Russian president later ordered Russian forces to halt their drive into Georgia, but it was unclear Wednesday whether Russian troops had moved further...
  • U.S. to take control of Georgian ports: Saakashvili

    08/13/2008 10:15:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 301 replies · 494+ views
    U.S. to take control of Georgian ports: Saakashvili Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:07pm EDT TBILISI (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's pledge to send aid to Georgia means that the U.S. military will take control of the ex-Soviet state's ports and airports, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said on Wednesday.
  • Bush Orders Military to Deliver Aid to Georgia

    08/13/2008 11:52:34 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 110 replies · 229+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08-13-08
    President Bush has directed the U.S. military to lead a humanitarian mission to Georgia where tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes following a Russian invasion last week that has been described by Georgia's president as an "ethnic cleansing." A U.S. C-17 aircraft with humanitarian supplies already has arrived in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and another C-17 will arrive there Thursday with additional medical and humanitarian aid, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said after the president's announcement. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden with Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bush...
  • U.N.: Up to 25% of Myanmar cyclone aid lost

    07/25/2008 10:27:51 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies · 672+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/25/2008 | MSNBC
    BANGKOK, Thailand - As much as 25 percent of cyclone relief aid in Myanmar is being lost because of the military government's foreign exchange system, a United Nations official said Friday. Dan Baker, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Myanmar, said he is concerned that the losses could upset donors who have already shown a reluctance to fund the relief effort following the May 2-3 cyclone that killed 84,537 people, according to the government. "This is a big issue. This is a big concern," Baker said. "The donors aren't going to give us money if they know they will (lose) a...
  • Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

    06/05/2008 7:15:22 AM PDT · by Jersey Republican Biker Chick · 6 replies · 675+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 06/05/2008 | yahoo
    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military regime has forced cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food and stepped up a campaign to evict displaced citizens from aid shelters, an international human rights group said Thursday. London-based Amnesty International also said authorities in several cyclone-hit areas continue to divert aid despite the junta's pledge to crack down on the problem weeks ago. "Unless human rights safeguards are observed, tens of thousands of people remain at risk," Amnesty said in a report released Thursday. "Respect for human rights must be at the center of the relief effort." More than a...
  • U.S. Warship With Aid For Cyclone Victims Leaving Myanmar

    06/04/2008 4:58:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 215+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 4, 2008 | Windsor Genova
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - A U.S. warship delivering aid to cyclone victims in Myanmar and its escort vessels will leave international waters near the country on Thursday. The departure of USS Essex on orders of the Pentagon follows the refusal of the military rulers of Myanmar to allow U.S. helicopters to airlift relief supplies to people in the Irrawaddy Delta region, which was hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis last month. According to a statemenf from Admiral Timothy J. Keating, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Myanmar rejected the U.S. Navy's 15 requests for permission to fly the relief goods into...
  • Myanmar Cyclone: Burma's Junta Turns Away US Aid Ships

    06/04/2008 4:44:25 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 578+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships
    Myanmar cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 1:46PM BST 04/06/2008 Four American navy ships, laden with relief supplies, are steaming away from the Burmese coast because the military junta will not allow them to help starving cyclone victims. On board the boats were 22 urgently needed heavy-lift helicopters, amphibious vehicles and water purification equipment. The Burmese regime claimed that, far from wanting to help the 2.5 million survivors of last month’s cyclone, the US was in fact intent on stealing the country’s oil resources. "I am both saddened and...
  • US ships off Myanmar will leave the area

    06/03/2008 9:35:40 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 3 Jun 08 | AP
    A top U.S. military commander says American navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave the area after failing to get the junta's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Adm. Timothy Keating says that he wants the USS Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties on Thursday. The ships were in the region for international exercises. Keating made them available to help with relief efforts for last month's cyclone and they were deployed near Myanmar in case they obtained permission to enter the country's waters. But Myanmar allowed only limited U.S. military aid flights to the country,...
  • America's generosity goes unmatched

    05/30/2008 10:04:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 213+ views
    The Abilene Reporter News ^ | May 30, 2008 | Star Parker
    Americans are hearing so much these days about how bad we are that we're starting to believe it. In a recent Gallup Poll, 68 percent said they are "dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today," and 55 percent said they think that the rest of the world views us unfavorably. However, as I page through a publication called the Index of Global Philanthropy, which is produced annually by the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute in Washington, it becomes obvious that these American feelings of self-deprecation are misguided. This is the just released...
  • Thanks for all the American People who take care of the earthquake in China

    05/20/2008 12:00:40 AM PDT · by rubyliu · 29 replies · 72+ views
    I just login in Free Republic once and posted some information about the earthquake in China. I have never thought I can get reply from American peoples. Although we are from different nations, and do not know each other,please let me say thanks to you. Now, all Chinese are do everthing we can do to help our sisters and brothers in the earthquake area. We will do a good job to save lives and rebulid our beautiful country.
  • US to Send 500,000 Tons of Food to NK

    05/18/2008 2:54:19 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 19 replies · 87+ views
    The United States has reached a deal with North Korea to provide 500,000 tons of food aid over the coming year to the isolated communist nation. The U.S. administration says the aid has little to do with its nuclear disarmament deal with Pyongyang, although both have involved an unusual intensity of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea, a nation President George W. Bush once included as part of a rhetorical ``axis of evil.'' ``We don't see any connection,'' State Department spokesman Sean McCormack was quoted as saying. ``We're doing this because America is a compassionate nation and the United States and...
  • Myanmar Cyclone: Burma Junta May Be Prosecuted Over Aid Block

    05/17/2008 10:27:29 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 233+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Philip Sherwell
    Myanmar cyclone: Burma junta may be prosecuted over aid block By Philip Sherwell in New York Last Updated: 6:17PM BST 17/05/2008 Burma's ruling generals could be threatened with prosecution for crimes against humanity as a last resort to pressure them to allow an international relief operation to reach desperate cyclone survivors. A boy looks out onto his devastated village near Yangon, Burma "The strategy is to raise the bar for the consequences of not allowing humanitarian intervention by introducing the threat of prosecution for crimes against humanity," said a senior US health expert involved in the discussions. "The goal is...
  • Burma Cyclone: Burmese Officials Selling Emergency Aid Supplies In Local Markets

    05/12/2008 4:47:25 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 179+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-12-2008 | Alan Brown
    Burma cyclone: Burmese officials selling emergency aid supplies in local markets By Alan Brown in Yangonpauk Last Updated: 7:24PM BST 12/05/2008 Officials in Burma's cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta area are appropriating emergency aid supplies and selling them in local markets, it was claimed on Monday. Burmese officials have been accused of selling aid supplies Burmese volunteers who are operating their own private aid missions to the area have said that they are having to hide from local apparatchiks in order to prevent them commandeering their aid and selling it on at markets. The Daily Telegraph learned of the alleged scam from...
  • US airlifts aid to Myanmar, UN urges junta to cooperate

    05/12/2008 8:38:20 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 18 replies · 128+ views
    PeoplePC Online ^ | Monday, May 12, 2008 | Staff
    YANGON, Myanmar - The United States delivered its first relief supplies to Myanmar on Monday, as the U.N. urged the reclusive nation to open its doors to foreign experts who can help up to 2 million cyclone victims facing disease and starvation. Snip Britain's opposition leader called for air-dropping aid if Myanmar's military government remains adamant. Snip The U.S. military C-130 cargo plane, packed with 14 tons of supplies, flew out of the Thai air force base of Utapao and landed in Yangon, capping prolonged negotiations to persuade Myanmar's military government to accept U.S. help. Snip Though international assistance has...
  • What Thailand is trying to do in Burma

    05/11/2008 7:28:28 PM PDT · by rontorr · 8 replies · 305+ views
    The Bankok Post ^ | 12 May 2008 | Bangkok Post
    UN says 102,000 dead in Burma Thailand offers to be a base for relief supplies Thailand will act as a mediator to help with the movement of international relief supplies to Burma, which are being held up by the military junta and are stuck in Thailand, Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama said yesterday. The move comes as the UN says up to 102,000 people could have been killed by Cyclone Nargis and about 220,000 are reported missing. Mr Noppadon said he planned to leave for Burma tomorrow to push for additional assistance and ask the Burmese generals to provide wider access...
  • Red Cross boat sinks in Myanmar

    05/11/2008 10:21:42 AM PDT · by Jewels1091 · 8 replies · 117+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/11/08 | unknown
    A Red Cross boat delivering supplies to help 1,000 victims of last weekend's cyclone sank Sunday when it hit debris in the Irrawaddy Delta region, as the U.S. prepared to deliver relief supplies to Myanmar. "The crew managed to get to the safety of an island, along with four Red Cross staff who were on the boat," Red Cross official Joe Lowry said. "But we've lost most of the cargo."
  • Burma cyclone: now aid workers warn of refugee crisis

    05/11/2008 9:10:58 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 17 replies · 133+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/11/2008 | Leo Lewis, Bangkok
    Teams of aid experts allowed into the cyclone-ravaged Irrawady delta have returned to Thailand with the bleakest of warnings: Burma is on the brink of a “devastating public health crisis” compounded by an emerging refugee disaster. But for the hundreds of aid workers who have flown into Bangkok from around the world, the chances of a sudden glut of the precious entry visas appeared slimmer by the hour. Rumours have begun circulating between international aid organisations that the Burmese regime is preparing to close its doors altogether: a decision, warned UN-affiliated aid workers, that will cost the lives of thousands.
  • U.S. scolding of Myanmar leaders comes under fire

    WASHINGTON -- As Myanmar's aid crisis deepens, the Bush administration is facing criticism that its denunciations of the military regime may have contributed to its resistance to allowing foreign aid workers to enter the storm-ravaged country.
  • While the people plead for food, the junta is handing out TV sets

    "People have just one set of clothes; some are even wearing jute bags. There is not enough drinking water. There are no sanitation facilities whatsoever. Many people have wounds that are not being attended. The estimated number of people in these 26 camps is 100,000." Sheri Villarosa, the senior US diplomat in Burma, said she feared the death toll could reach 100,000. But despite the obvious suffering, massive devastation and pressing need for urgent action, the Burmese authorities were continuing to insist yesterday that everything was under control. On the front page of the New Light of Myanmar – a...
  • U.N.: Myanmar seizing aid flights

    05/09/2008 5:23:37 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 115 replies · 411+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/9/2008 | CNN
    YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- Authorities in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar have seized United Nations aid intended for victims of the disaster, a move that "shuts down" future flights from the organization, according to a U.N. World Food Program official. A child sleeps on the floor as cyclone-affected families shelter in a school in western Yangon. 1 of 3more photos » The organization, which insists on distributing its own relief supplies, said the seizure of two aircraft-loads of food, medcine and equipment, has already hit out at Myanmar's refusal to all access to foreign eis workers. "This is another example of them actively...
  • The case for invading Myanmar (crazy)

    05/09/2008 4:11:49 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 46 replies · 95+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/10/08 | Shawn W Crispin
    With United States warships and air force planes at the ready, and over 1 million of Myanmar's citizens left bedraggled, homeless and susceptible to water-borne diseases by Cyclone Nagris, the natural disaster presents an opportunity in crisis for the US. A unilateral - and potentially United Nations-approved - US military intervention in the name of humanitarianism could easily turn the tide against the impoverished country's unpopular military leaders, and simultaneously rehabilitate the legacy of lame-duck US President George W Bush's controversial pre-emptive military policies. Myanmar's ruling junta has responded woefully to the cyclone disaster, costing more human lives than would...
  • Good Samaritan-in-Chief (The MSM Ignores Bush's Work for Africa)

    04/05/2008 8:46:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 179+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | April 4, 2008 | Paul Kengor
    There’s a remarkable article in the current Time magazine by Bob Geldof, musician and activist, regarding a recent trip he made to Africa with President George W. Bush. Geldof, a liberal, disagrees with Bush on many things, especially Iraq. Geldof is also fair. He has observed what Bush has done in Africa, particularly on AIDS, and is enormously grateful for the president’s truly unprecedented actions. To cite just one example: in 2003, only 50,000 Africans were on HIV antiretroviral drugs; today, thanks to American relief, 1.3 million receive free medicine. In an illuminating article, there are, however, two items Geldof...
  • Real Katrina hero? Wal-Mart, Study Says

    04/03/2008 6:07:11 AM PDT · by Publius Valerius · 54 replies · 154+ views
    MSN Money ^ | 4/2/08 | Mark Huffman
    Hurricane season is just around the corner, so Americans should know where to turn to if disaster strikes. It's not the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A new study suggests Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe's would be a lot more helpful. **** The study, by Steven Horwitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., **** "Profit-seeking firms beat most of the government to the scene and provided more effectively the supplies needed for the immediate survival of a population cut off from life's most basic necessities," Horwitz wrote in the study, which was published by the Mercatus...
  • Soaring food prices imperil U.S. emergency aid

    03/01/2008 2:48:00 AM PST · by Westlander · 32 replies · 199+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3-1-2008 | Washington Post
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency will significantly scale back emergency food aid to some of the world's poorest countries this year because of soaring global food prices, and the U.S. Agency for International Development is drafting plans to reduce the number of recipient nations, the amount of food provided to them, or both, officials at the agency said. USAID officials said that a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months has generated a $120 million budget shortfall that will force the agency to reduce emergency operations. That...
  • UK rush aid to frozen Tajikistan

    02/28/2008 7:08:02 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies · 202+ views
    LONDON, Feb 28 (APP) :The United Kingdom has airlifted aid worth 1.5 million pounds (US $ 3 million) to support international relief efforts for the growing humanitarian crisis in the Central Asian State of Tajikistan hit by the severe wintry conditions and energy crisis. The funding will help provide essential items and services for those at risk by the severe winter temperatures and the energy crisis facing the country, the UK’s International Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander said on Thursday. He said the Department for International Development (DFID) has organised two separate emergency airlifts to transport vital supplies including blankets, baby...
  • U.S. Disaster-Relief Materials Arrive In Shanghai

    02/10/2008 6:39:51 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 37+ views
    China View / Xinhua ^ | February 8, 2008 | Xinhua
    (BEIJING) -- Disaster-relief materials valuing about 820,000 U.S. dollars, provided by the defense department of the United States of America for freezing-disaster affected areas of China, arrived in Shanghai Friday. Qian Lihua, head of the foreign affairs office of China's National Defense Ministry, expressed appreciations of the Chinese side for the U.S. emergency humanitarian assistance, which includes 6,000 winter coats, 1,657 blankets and 87,552 military food ration packs. He said these materials will help people in the disaster-stricken areas and promote the friendship between the two peoples and the two armed forces. The Chinese armed forces will continue to strengthen...