Google Banned by Myanmar Govt., Still Donates $1 Million to Cyclone Relief

Today, while browsing Digg, I found the following article by Gavin Hudson for the EcoWordly site:



Despite being banned by the government of Burma (also Myanmar), Google has said that it will donate up to $1 million USD to assist victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Google has offered to match donations made to UNICEF and Direct Relief International for all donations made at Google’s Support disaster relief in Myanmar page, up to one million dollars.

Internet users in Burma reported that access to Google and Gmail had been blocked by the strict military junta governing the country in the summer of 2006. By this time, Yahoo and Hotmail had already made the censored IT blacklist.

Go to Google in Burma and you’ll get: “Error Number 1045 Access Denied.”

The ban, of course, was put in place before the government crackdowns on popular uprisings that left many dead or imprisoned. Some of the last words to leave Burma were from observers there who described nighttime kidnapping raids on the homes of Buddhist monks. The monks were involved in the popular uprisings against the government. On mornings after a raid, only blood would be found in the empty house.

Since the crackdowns, the flow of photos and information from Burma has all but completely stopped. No information gets in. None gets out. A political black hole where a country used to be.

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Comments

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  2. aditya says:

    is there something fundamentally wrong with buddha’s teachings ! the countries which are dominated by foloowers of his tecahings, Burma, Srilanka, Tibet etc all seem to be in a lot of trouble !

    while sovereignity of countries must be respected; ain’t it time a more ‘caring’ attitude is adopted by world community; afterall if someone is torturing innocents in his house, as a good neighbour, what is our duty. when there is clear evidence of rape & plunder of nations wealth by few, and the same few carrying out atrocities on their own people, i hope world community cosniders itself mature enough to allow itself intervention. when for economics ( look at the terrible crisis looming on horizons, due to the unprecedented raise in crude prices, which was the real reason behind ‘decapacitating’ saddam and iraq, had iraq been what it was before the gulf war, crude prices won’t be where they are today !) and grred we allow ourseves the liberty to interfering in another countries internal affairs, should be not do it once in a while for some ‘just’ cause too.

    love
    aditya

  3. Tania says:

    Its disgusting the whole thing …its one big black hole thats very sad indeed.At least there are ways around it like donations .
    Blessings Tania

  4. wanbliska says:

    Absurdity.

    The higher institurions are polluted by inactive persons. Though I prefer to use that light adjective.
    Donation is still a good thing anyway.

    It’s seen there…something that exists for so long.

  5. Agnieszka says:

    It is hard to understand how is this possible…
    .. there’s something really wrong with some human beings.
    Thank you for the links.
    love
    Agnieszka