March 2007


At the end of August the US embassy will move to its new premises in Yangon, a massive building on the edge of Inya Lake that just happens to be walking distance from the compound of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The KNU/KNLA Peace Council, a splinter Karen rebel group led by Brig-Gen Htay Maung, said it has not surrendered to the Burmese Army but has changed its strategy by first striking a peace deal.
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A teashop owner from Kyaukse township in Mandalay Division has been arrested for writing and distributing a booklet of Valentines Day poems last month.
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Manila: The number of people in Asia infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS could more than double to 20 million over the next five years without a better government response and more funding, officials warned Friday.
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Deciphering Burma’s highly unrealistic economic data is problematic but beneath all the phony numbers, after years of almost non-existent growth, the economy is finally picking up.
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The United Nations independent expert Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (Burma) has appealed to the Army rulers to release the distinguished poet and journalist U Win Tin who is the country’s longest serving political prisoner, having been jailed for nearly 18 years and all other political prisoners.
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Ben Macintyre on Burma’s bizarre but predictable architectural vision
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Earlier this week, Burmese authorities closed a key border crossing on the Moei river in Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak province.
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Whenever I go to Mae Sot I see gradual and slow changes. But on my latest visit, after an absence of almost eight months, I saw evidence of rapid growth.
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March 29: Ottawa: The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) welcomes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) decision to sign on to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).  The CFOB also strongly urges on Ivanhoe Mines to join the EITI and disclose matters related to the environment on its operations in Burma.
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Burmese special police and Shwedagon pagoda officials have reportedly given up on repeated attempts to harass the group of Tuesday prayer campaigners.
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U Thein Zan from Thingangyun township, who was arrested on March 7 for defacing a copy of a government newspaper, was released from Insein prison yesterday after spending 22 days in detention.
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The Burmese army is now using many local people from the border area as military porters in an operation against an insurgent group on the western Burmese border, report local people who fled to Bangladesh to avoid being forced into porterage.
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The Thai authorities are probing reasons for the Burmese government’s continued closure of the Myawaddy-Tak border crossing, on the Moei River near Mae Sot.
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China’s Yunnan Province and Myanmar signed a series of trade accords here Thursday at a trade and investment promotion meeting between the province and Myanmar.
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Last month, in a rare show of public dissent in military-run Myanmar, a dozen people marched in Yangon to protest rising food prices, frequent electricity cuts, corruption and mismanagement of the economy.
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The Myanmar livestock authorities on Mar. 27 confirmed bird flu outbreaks in five townships in Yangon.
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The success of China’s anti-drug campaign has come under fire after the death of three police officers in Yunnan Province in a gun battle with suspected drug traffickers on Sunday.
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The International Labour Organisation on Wednesday decided to defer taking Burma to the International Court of Justice over the use of forced labour following the Burmese junta’s signing of a “Supplementary Understanding” last month.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has invited his Burmese counterpart to visit Tehran and expressed his hope that the two sides can boost cooperation.
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