December 2010


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In his 18 years as head of Burma’s ruling junta, Snr-Gen Than Shwe has worked tirelessly to cement not only the regime’s hold on power, but also the status of his closest relatives as members of the country’s de facto royal family. (more…)

Burma’s parliaments will be convened with representatives elected in the 7 November election before the end of January, said an elected representative of a pro-military party. (more…)

More than 200 Karen refugees were forcibly sent back into Burma from Thailand on Saturday despite unstable conditions and fighting near their villages, according to border sources. (more…)

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar are likely to sign a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) during the home secretary-level talks between the two countries here, beginning December 27. (more…)

Korea has agreed to cooperate with Myanmar to develop resources such as oil and rare earth minerals as it seeks to secure stable supplies of resources, the country’s energy ministry said Sunday. (more…)

Burma’s hermetic military rulers detest their strongest ally, China, according to an Indian official quoted in a leaked US diplomatic cable. (more…)

The Indonesian government and Burmese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have pledged to work together to urge Myanmar’s government toward democracy. (more…)

Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked to inspect alleged nuclear sites in Myanmar that were brought to light by a defector’s report earlier this year, a diplomat familiar with the probe confirmed Thursday in Vienna. (more…)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Canada. (more…)

Cambridge, MA – Burma has been under the jackboot of a supremely despotic military junta for almost half a century now, with collapsing institutions, arbitrary imprisonment, widespread torture, organised rapes and killings, and the terrorisation of minority communities including the Chins, the Karen, the Shan and the Rohingyas. The release in November of the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from unjust imprisonment was not just a great moment for celebration, it should also make us think more clearly about what the world can do to help Burma achieve reconciliation and build a democratic foundation for the future. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 21 years under arrest for her support of democracy in Burma – and yet she has managed to serve as an inspiration for millions of people around the world. (more…)

As the deadline for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release approached, nobody had a clue whether or not it was going to happen. A rumour that she would be freed a day early proved baseless. That disappointment was followed by new chatter that the junta was trying to put restrictive conditions on her freedom, conditions she was certain to reject. (more…)

New Delhi – The Zomi National Congress on October 24 launched an appeal in its Kalaymyo Declaration for the convening of a second Panglong conference to iron out the status of ethnic groups within the framework of federal union. The declaration essentially seeks to echo the atmosphere and work surrounding the initial Panglong Agreement of 1947, which was never successfully implemented during ensuing periods of democratic or authoritarian rule. (more…)

These days, some are asking and some are demanding that the Tatmadaw government hold dialogues with opposition parties, political forces and remnant armed insurgents for national reconsolidation in Myanmar. (more…)

A man arrested by Burmese authorities for photographing the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Rangoon in April this year has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment. (more…)

New Delhi – Two months since Cyclone Giri ripped through Burma’s western Arakan State, residents affected have received just 45 per cent of their basic humanitarian needs, the Rangoon branch of a UN aid office said. People are in “dire need of more permanent shelter” and “livelihood support”, a UN official added. (more…)

Wireless access points in Yangon provide a refreshing alternative to being online at home or in the office. Pic: Kaung Htet LOCAL internet provider, Red Link Communications, is to boost it’s numbers of wireless access points in Yangon from an existing 13 to more than 60, a company spokesperson said last week. (more…)

Three Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidates have filed lawsuits accusing the winning candidates of vote rigging in the election on Nov. 7. (more…)

Kyauk Taw – The most ancient city of Arakan, known historically as Danyawaddy, which existed in the 6 century BCE, was destroyed by bulldozers for construction of a railroad that passed over the walled palace grounds, said a historian in the region on the condition of anonymity. (more…)

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