Friday, December 7th, 2012

“Warning signs” are in place for a genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, an Al Jazeera investigation has been told by a leading expert in the field. (more…)

The Burmese government has lashed out at Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera over an upcoming documentary that warns of Rohingya genocide, saying on Friday that the report was “exaggerating and fabricating” incidents. (more…)

Representatives of the Chin National Front (left) sit opposite a government delegation at a meeting in the Myanmar Peace Center in Rangoon on Friday morning. (PHOTO: Hein Htet / Mizzima) A second Union-level preliminary meeting between the Chin National Front (CNF) and a Burmese government delegation was held at Myanmar Peace Center on Shweli Road in Rangoon on Friday morning. (more…)

Independent experts will investigate what type of devices and tactics were used against protestors during a police crackdown at Latpadaung Copper Mine last week, said Aung San Suu Kyi. (more…)

Burma will receive one million visitors in 2012, according to the country’s Minister of Hotels and Tourism Htay Aung. (more…)

Intel Corp. INTC -0.10% has set up a distribution channel in Myanmar, making the chip maker the latest in a series of large U.S. corporations to enter the long-isolated country as it opens its borders to foreign investment and new goods. (more…)

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ.AU) plans to open an office in Myanmar early next year, the first Australian bank to enter the long-isolated Southeast Asian country as it opens its borders to foreign investment. (more…)

From Obama to Hague, foreign dignitaries are flocking to Myanmar. But as the country grapples with democratic change, its education system risks holding back the next generation. (more…)

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,Valerie Amos, is meeting with Burma’s President Thein Sein after visiting displaced peoples camps in Rakhine and Kachin states.  Amos is expected to discuss the sensitive issue of citizenship for the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority, as well as improving conditions and aid access in the camps. (more…)

A top US official on Myanmar would travel to India this week to hold consultations with Indian officials on the ongoing reforms in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

The continued detention of Gambira, a well-known former Buddhist monk who was previously jailed for his leading role instigating the 2007 Saffron Revolution popular uprising, has generated a wave of concern from the international community. (more…)

When President Obama at a university in Burma during his brief visit to that Southeast Asian nation on Nov. 19, U Gambira was seated in the front row. (more…)

Burma’s rollercoaster reform ride is again sending mixed signals to the outside world. Within a few days, the country has been rebuked by a senior UN official for imposing “dire” conditions on the displaced Muslim Rohingyas, a former leader of the 2007 democracy protests has been re-arrested, and President Thein Sein has cancelled a trip to Australia and New Zealand citing domestic concerns. (more…)

Last week, CNN’s Dan Rivers reported that he “wasn’t prepared to see children starving to death” when he went to camps for internally-displaced Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Though no one can (or should) ever get used to such horrors, the prevalence of starvation in this region should not come as a surprise. (more…)

For all the cheerful news out of Myanmar in the past year-and-a-half, it remains a country mired in poverty and prey to appalling ethnic violence. This week Valerie Amos, the United Nations’ most senior humanitarian official, has been in the country, reminding the world that it is home to two dreadful crises. (more…)

Six months after inter-communal violence broke out in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, some 115,000 displaced people are still living in challenging conditions. “UNHCR has distributed relief supplies to nearly two-thirds of the affected communities but the needs are still massive,” spokesman Adrian Edwards said on Friday. (more…)