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Even Myanmar’s junta may hit this one out of the park

Posted by Thomas Nephew on May 6th, 2008

First Lady Condemns Junta’s Response to Storm –

‘Although they were aware of the threat, Burma’s state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm’s path,’ she said. ‘The response to this cyclone is just the most recent example of the junta’s failures to meet its people’s basic needs.’

UPDATE, 5/8: How hypocritical is Ms. Bush? ThinkProgress counts the ways.

But herewith an end to politics; it’s more important to (try to) help Burmese victims of this catastrophe. Nationally, consider OxFam America (Charity Navigator gives them a 4-star rating). Locally, the Mandalay Restaurant is collecting donations and forwarding them to a local temple; they’re also planning a fundraiser soon. If/when I get details, I’ll post them here. And I’ll be there — not only is it a good cause, but the “Nephew Restaurant Guide to Silver Spring” gives Mandalay “two thumbs way up.”

UPDATE, 5/10: In comments, Nell points to a Daily Kos post by “zawmoo” recommending a Myanmar ex-pat doctor’s group which can “route around the damage” of the junta’s refusal to cooperate with relief efforts:

Checks to:
The Myanmar American Medical Education Society, Inc.
MEMO: Emergency Relief Fund
and mailed to:
Myanmar American Medical Education Society
128 Mott Street, Suite 302
New York, NY 10013

Please have a look.

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