July 2011

Power was not transferred to Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), when it won a landslide victory in an election two decades ago because the party allegedly threatened the country’s military leaders with a Nuremberg-style war tribunal, according to the head of the Union Election Commission (EC). (more…)

A number of the targets of a letter sent yesterday by Aung San Suu Kyi that urged a nationwide ceasefire after months of heavy fighting in Burma say the calls are timely and welcome. (more…)

Muslims in five principal townships in western Burma have been granted permission by the immigration department to travel freely, providing they carry ID cards. (more…)

216 youths have enlisted with the Shan State Army (SSA) “in order to sacrifice their lives for the country and nation”, reported Tai Youth Campaign (TYC) Facebook yesterday. (more…)

A Brewing defamation stoush between a private hospital and local news weekly appears certain to head to the courts, after the journal’s editor last week refused to accede to demands to publish an apology.

Some 50 workers of the Italian-Thai Development Company (ITD) have fled from Burma to the Thai side of the border to escape fighting between Burmese government troops and Karen rebels that broke out near their work site on Thursday, according to various sources. (more…)

Men walk past containers stacked at Yangon Port earlier this month. Business leaders are calling for a further reduction in export tax for value-added products.

Burmese authorities in northern Shan State have confiscated a shipment of jade valued at around 100 million kyat (US $128,000) because the owners did not have a transport permit to take it to Jiegao, in China’s Yunnan Province, where they intended to sell it, according to sources. (more…)

Myanmar’s Commerce Ministry annulled its import ban on 15 Thai items from Thailand, according to Thailand’s director-general of Trade Negotiations Department. (more…)

The Government of India will provide US $ 6 million for the development of Chin state.

“The Indian Consul General Dr. Madan Mhohan Sethi based in Mandalay visited Hakha, the capital of Chin state yesterday and said that the Indian government will help Chin state’s development with US $ 6 million,” said a member of a political party. (more…)

YANGON Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe last week accused an exile media group of misinterpreting a statement on the illegal collection of enrolment fees at state schools made at a press briefing two months ago, and said a subsequent media report had led to “misunderstanding” between the Union and Yangon Region governments. (more…)

Reasons to cheer, even if ASEAN is selling the same horses again

The ten-member Association of South-East Asian Nations, ASEAN, does not do breakthroughs. The “ASEAN way” involves consensus, bonhomie and progress that is at best incremental and often imperceptible. Yet as this year’s meeting of the club’s foreign ministers and “dialogue partners” in Bali wound up on July 23rd with the ASEAN Regional Forum, a security talking-shop, ASEAN could at least point to noticeable movement on two of East Asia’s perennial sources of tension.

Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made an appeal on Thursday for political talk and an urgent ceasefire between major ethnic rebel groups – Kachin Independence Organization, Karen National Union, New Mon State Party, Shan State Army – and government troops. She highlights the nation as ‘Republic of Union of Burma’ since the country was made up of various ethnicities on the same soil. (more…)

Moses Samuels dreams about the “Golden Age” for Jews in Burma.

Like most Jews everywhere, Samuels spends an inordinate amount of time worrying about the future. (more…)

Hip-hop singer and political activist Zay Yar Thaw, who was released from Kawthaung Prison on May 17, wants to create music that expresses people’s true feelings. His band, ACID, was the first Burmese hip-hop group. He was arrested in 2008 for forming an unlawful organization (Generation Wave) and for possessing foreign currency (Malaysian Ringgit). He was sentenced to six years in prison, which was commuted to four years. He was released under the presidential commutation earlier this year. Mizzima interviewed him about his prison experiences, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and his social, political and art activities. (more…)

Yangon – Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi appealed on Thursday for dialogue and an immediate ceasefire between major ethnic rebel groups and government troops believed to be fighting on four different fronts. (more…)

Five ethnic political parties proposed formation of a Peace Commission (PC) to restore peace in Burma at a meeting in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Burma yesterday. (more…)

Five top military generals from the Burmese army, suspected of corruption and exploiting their positions, are currently being questioned by Commander-in-Chief Gen Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw. (more…)

The expected signing of a ceasefire agreement between its ally Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government does not necessarily mean the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), better known as the SSA North, will be left alone to fight the Burma Army, according to the movement’s spokesman Maj Sai La. (more…)

Yangon – Fan violence occurred during the second leg of 2014 FIFA world cup qualifier match played between Myanmar and Oman at the Thuwunna stadium in Yangon on Thursday. (more…)

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