June 2012


More than 80 people have been killed in a wave of communal violence in western Myanmar this month, a government official said Thursday, as local people said they still feared for their lives. (more…)

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated in Burma for the first time yesterday. (more…)

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh — Bangladesh security forces on Thursday detained more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar and were questioning them before sending them back, a border official said Thursday. (more…)

Kachin State’s Chief Minister La John Ngan Hsai declared on Thursday that Naypyidaw had told him to instruct the various departments within his regional assembly in Myitkyina to dismiss or ignore the constitutional act that outlaws the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).
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Ziad Attar, general manager for the marine and ports business of the Al Marwan Group, an industrial conglomerate based in the United Arab Emirates, first went to Myanmar on business in 2005. Since then he has returned frequently, trying to clinch port projects in the country, which the International Monetary Fund says “could become the next economic frontier in Asia.” (more…)

Myanmar – the country formerly known as Burma – is going through a time of political transformation and is slowly opening up for foreign investment. Investors from Germany hope to get their foot in the door. (more…)

Chinese state media are warning against “excessive and hasty” democratic change in Burma, saying democracy alone cannot solve all of the Southeast Asian country’s problems.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the UK to support moves to democracy in Burma, in an historic address to both Houses of Parliament. (more…)

Prime Minister David Cameron has invited Myanmar President Thein Sein to visit Britain to discuss the need for further reform after decades of military rule, Downing Street said Thursday. (more…)

It was a long wait, but Aung San Suu Kyi has finally received her honorary degree from Oxford University. (more…)

She has charmed the world. In London, on June 21, Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi melted one of the toughest audiences of all, drawing applause from journalists gathered at 10 Downing Street for her press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Later she addressed a joint session of the Houses of Parliament, making her one of only four foreign dignitaries to be given this privilege since World War II and only the second woman to do so (Queen Elizabeth II was the other). Such a welcome might have induced euphoria, but Suu Kyi used her platform to warn against assuming her freedom to travel signaled an end to Burma’s problems. “So many hills remain to be climbed, chasms to be bridged, obstacles to be reached,” she said. (more…)

When hundreds of political prisoners were released from Myanmar’s jails in January, supporters greeted them in jubilant scenes. But for Myo Min, a 36-year-old electrical repairman and dissident, the reunion with his wife and children after three years in jail was muted. (more…)

Fresh communal violence has left at least three dead in western Myanmar, where more than 60 people have been killed in unrest this month, government officials said Wednesday. (more…)

Many of those arriving in Bangladesh have been turned back by border guards (more…)

No truce was reached on Wednesday despite a third round of peace talks between a Burmese government delegation and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIA). (more…)

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB), a coalition of 13 women’s organizations representing Burma’s main ethnic groups, called on Wednesday for the inclusion of women in the country’s ongoing efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict. (more…)

Myanmar will offer up to 18 onshore oil and gas blocks in a global tender to be launched later this year, opening up a potential flood of new investment to the poverty-stricken nation, a senior government official said on Wednesday. (more…)

Great fanfare accompanied Coca Cola’s recent announcement that, after six long decades, the beverage behemoth would return to Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s pariah on the mend. (more…)

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced in Britain on Tuesday that she was prepared to take the helm as the leader of her people, the strongest signal yet she saw herself as someone who could lead her country one day. (more…)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her memories of her time in Oxford had helped her while she was under house arrest. (more…)

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