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Getting Aid to Myanmar

by David Gura
May 12, 2008

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There is now a trickle of aid flowing into a devastated Myanmar (we say Myanmar — BBC says Burma — see this excellent explainer for more) — but that trickle doesn't match the flood of refugees in need of food, medicine, shelter, and more. The government there has restricted relief efforts — while complicated arguments about how to help are raging on op-ed pages.

We'll talk with Romesh Ratnesar, the deputy managing editor of Time magazine. In a new, provocative article, he asks, "Is It Time to Invade Burma?" We'll also hear from Bettina Luescher, chief spokeswoman for the World Food Program, and Ko Pyi, a political activist from Myanmar, who fled to the United States seven years ago.

What do you think? Should Myanmar be forced to accept aid — by airdrop, or at gunpoint?

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