May 2011

Yangon – US Senator John McCain is to meet with Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi next week, opposition sources said Saturday. (more…)

Yangon – Outspoken Myanmar government critic U Win Tin returned home Monday after five days in hospital, his family said. (more…)

New Delhi – An alms offering ceremony was held in Mandalay on Monday by the  National League for Democracy (NLD) on the 8th anniversary of the Depayin massacre in which scores of party members were killed and injured. (more…)

Burma’s commerce ministry has given the go-ahead for two leading Thailand-based English-language dailies to be distributed inside the country, but analysts have warned of heavy censorship before they reach the public. (more…)

Mae Sot, Thailand — The last thing Tee Pa Doh remembers before losing his foot is a bright flash. With his leg mangled and bleeding, he knew his best hope was a long journey through the jungle to the Thai border. (more…)

More than 20 villages in southwestern Shan state are facing the threat of impending flood and forced relocation due a hydropower project being built with the help of Swiss and British firms. (more…)

Rangoon — Two months after Burma’s new government led by President Thein Sein was sworn in to office, the value of US dollars and gold dropped in an unprecedented manner, with the dollar reaching a historic low, according to business sources. (more…)

Hong Kong — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the most high-profile dissident in Myanmar, signaled on Monday that she would be seeking to broaden her audience in her country since being released from house arrest. (more…)

Long before Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was ordering the murder of his people, the generals misruling a Southeast Asian nation 4,000 miles distant had shown the way. (more…)

New Delhi – On March 30 this year, Myanmar dissolved its ruling military government and sworn in a new president. (more…)

President Thein Sein declared that the historical paukphaw (fraternity) relationship between Burma and China has reached “a strategic level” during his three-day state visit to China, potentially  alienating Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members in the process. (more…)

For years China’s behaviour toward Burma has been a matter of contentious debate. Opponents of the Burmese government routinely condemn China’s investments and trade in Burma as fueling human rights abuses and coating the pockets of Burma’s ruling circle in detriment to the prevailing situation through much of the country. And today, as Burmese President Thein Sein finishes his trip to China, a quick glance at Burmese blogs and news sources reveals no shortage of disdain for Chinese policy in supporting governments with less than stellar human rights records, along with cries that Beijing is treating Burma as something akin to a 21st century colony. (more…)

A new documentary reveals quiet dissent within the junta’s prized military forces. (more…)

Ignoring the result of the general election in 1990 was disrespectful to the will of the Burmese people, said pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, calling it “a historically inappropriate policy that damaged the image of the country.” (more…)

The first shots have been fired between Burmese and Kachin troops in Kachin State, Northern Burma this morning at 10:20 a.m. local time, sources in the field said.

New Delhi– All Burmese ‘public access centre’ Internet cafes have been ordered to reapply for a  business license from the state-owned Myanmar Post and Telegraph (MPT), according to an MPT official. (more…)

NAY PYI TAW, 26 May – Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin received Professor David I Steinberg from Georgetown University in Washington, the United States of America, at his office here this afternoon. (more…)

Business conflicts have formed between regional commanders of the Burmese army and leaders of newly formed regional governments over control of lucrative concessions, according to business sources. (more…)

Education workshops have been held in the Burmese capital aimed at tackling rising rates of gambling among farmers, an issue that threatens to send greater numbers into debt. (more…)

Responsible Travel has lifted its ban on holidays to Burma after the leading pro-democracy group changed its stance on tourism to the country. (more…)

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