Thursday, May 08, 2008


"It looks like the end of the world here," he shouted into the telephone when he finally got a call through to Singapore on Tuesday morning and could talk about the situation in Rangoon after Cyclone Nargis wreaked havoc on the city. "Everything is destroyed, we have no drinking water and nothing to eat. Tens of thousands must be dead. Hundreds of thousands are homeless."

And what is the government doing in response?

"They're clearing the streets in the rich neighborhoods," the dissident said. Then the line went dead.

Salon reports on the crisis in Burma.


  1. But, instead of taking quick and straightforward action to help its suffering population, the junta continues to only think about its political situation and how to stay in power.

    *sigh* I've spent a fair amount of time being frustrated with incomprehensbile beaureacracy... never more so than now.


  2. Anonymous9:30 pm

    Umm.. doesn't that happen in every country?

  3. Debilitating cyclones? Not all that often.