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The numbers are almost too large to fathom, so many Americans stop trying. As bodies pile up in disaster after global disaster, even the most sympathetic souls can turn away.
The world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was due to be freed from house arrest today, but her fate has gone largely unnoticed amid the destruction of Cyclone Nargis.
China warned today that the death toll from a massive earthquake two weeks ago could take a major leap and pass 80,000, suggesting the government may be giving up hope of finding more survivors. 9:12 p.m. Video: Displaced pandas get new home
NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — Burma's ruling junta said yesterday it will let foreign aid workers and commercial ships help survivors in the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy River Delta, but refused to relent on accepting aid from U.S., French and British military ships.
While the situation in Burma has gone from bad to worse to unspeakable in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, a soulless regime prepares, incredibly, to hustle starving voters to the polls this weekend for a sham constitutional plebiscite to solidify its rule. Burmese Gen. Than Shwe agreed Wednesday to allow some foreign aid workers to enter the country, but little has changed. This looks to be diplomatic maneuvering by a regime so preoccupied with self-preservation that it deprives its own people their right to the same if it means allowing much foreign influence.
The body count continues to rise in Burma (or "Myanmar" if you accept the name used by the brutal military junta that rules the nation). An estimated 100,000 people were killed by a cyclone that hit May 2. Another million are at risk.
Buried by a 24/7 deluge of soundbites and analyses of soundbites from three U.S. presidential candidates and their handlers, the media packaged the rest of the world into two huge natural disasters — Myanmar and China. The man-made geopolitical disaster in the making in both Pakistan and Afghanistan got lost in the shuffle.