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  • Burma’s Political Prisoner Problem

    , by SCOBEY-THAL Jake

    Despite public assurances to address arbitrary detention, the government is still placing activists under arrest.
    On July 15, on an official diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom, Burma’s President Thein Sein pledged to release the country’s remaining political prisoners by the end of the year. (...)

  • Burmese Neo-Nazi Movement Rising Against Muslims

    , by TUSCANGATE Kosak

    When Dr. Maung Zarni, an outspoken activist academic, labeled the ongoing anti-Rohingya and anti-Muslim movement in Burma as neo-Nazi, some Burmese said Zarni was exaggerating. Western commentators have also avoided the term.
    But Zarni has been proven right by emerging photos of an anti-Muslim (...)

  • Regional Investment in Burma’s Borderlands

    , by TNI

    Unless foreign direct investment in Burma’s war-torn borderlands is refocused towards people-centered development, it is likely to deepen disparity between the region’s most neglected peoples and Burma’s new military, business and political elite and exacerbate a decades-long civil war.
    Burma has (...)

  • Lady Liberty and the Ethnic Cauldron – II

    , by DIXIT Kanak Mani

    Un-learning from Southasia: Will Aung San Suu Kyi help Burma rise above the region’s dismal record on ethnic issues?
    Burma, while firmly a part of Southeast Asia, has also had historical and contemporary links to Southasia through the time of the British Raj to the present. The Southasian (...)

  • Will the Burma Road End in Democracy

    , by BELLO Walden

    Most visitors to Myanmar these days, when the country is opening up, limit their trips to Yangon, better known in better times as Rangoon. They rarely make the five-hour trip to Naypyitaw, the site upcountry to which the ruling military regime has transferred the capital. As a parliamentary (...)

  • Lady liberty and the ethnic cauldron – I

    , by DIXIT Kanak Mani

    As the applause for her singular democratic struggle subsides, Aung San Suu Kyi will have to tackle the challenge of defining a viable nation-state while responding to the multiple assertions of identity and autonomy within Burma.
    As Aung San Suu Kyi returns to Burma from her two-week tour of (...)

  • Burma sanctions will be eased, says Hillary Clinton

    , by The Guardian

    US secretary of state says Aung San Suu Kyi election victory allows Washington to relax travel and financial sanctions
    Hillary Clinton has declared the US is ready to relax sanctions on Burma to recognise its fledgling democratic transition. Washington would ease a ban on American companies (...)

  • Burma’s By-elections—Tiptoeing Towards Democracy

    , by Soe Aung

    On 1 April, more than six million Burmese were eligible to go to the polls to elect less than seven percent of the nation’s parliamentary seats. As we celebrate what seems to be a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), we must remember that this victory (...)

  • What new wind is blowing in Burma

    , by SABAI Danielle

    What is happening in Burma? On January 12 a presidential amnesty led to the release of approximately 300 political prisoners. A strong gesture which seems to want to send a message to the country and to the international community that Burma is taking the road of democracy. This announcement (...)

  • Myanmar’s ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty

    , by SZEP Jason

    DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) - Dusty roads and makeshift offices are the only hints of the ambitious $50 billion project slated for the thick jungles near Myanmar’s southern city of Dawei, billed by its developers as the “new global gateway of Indo-China”.
    Big questions surround the far-reaching (...)

  • Halt in hostilities ?

    , by JAGAN Larry

    Burma edges towards peace.
    Hopes of an end to the world’s longest-running insurgency were raised in recent days, as several ethnic rebel groups entered into ceasefire agreements with the Burmese government. The most important of these took place on 12 January, when the Karen National Union (...)

  • The limits of reform in Myanmar

    , by LINTNER Bertil

    BANGKOK - The release of more than 200 political prisoners and a tentative ceasefire with the rebel Karen National Union represent the latest of steps taken by Myanmar president Thein Sein’s government to improve its international image and assuage its many critics at home and abroad.
    The (...)

  • Factional Fighting in Burma’s Military?

    , by Correspondant(es)

    Generals sacked, others arrested
    Strains appear to be forming among Burma’s elite military, with six top generals reportedly sacked and arrested since February on the pretext of an investigation into corruption.
    The latest was Saturday, when Maj. Gen. Khin Maung Htay was arrested. Khin Maung (...)

  • Outrageously optimistic

    , by Maung Zarni

    The intellectual crisis of reporting on Burma by the International Crisis Group.
    When European Union policymakers will meet to review the EU Common Policy on Burma, on 12 April, they will be wise to discard the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) recent call for the unconditional embrace of the (...)

  • On the Release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from Detention

    , by Akbayan

    Akbayan party joins the international community particularly the Burmese people in rejoicing over the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after almost two decades of imprisonment by the ruling Burmese military junta. This important democratic gain while partial is an important (...)

  • Ethnic Armed Groups in Alliance Talks

    , by Ko Htwe, Lawi Weng

    Leaders of ethnic armed groups are meeting in Mae Hong Son in northwest Thailand to work out strategy and tactics in the event of a post-election attack by Burma’s military government that would end the 20-year cease-fire with the ethnic groups. The meeting started on Tuesday, according to (...)