Tuesday, October 6th, 2015


The Chinese government is attempting to secure a long-term lease of around 200,000 acres of land from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Shan State, according to informed Kachin sources and independent foreign intelligence analysts.
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Various civil society and media representatives of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and northeast Indian States have emphasized on more people to people contact between the two neighboring countries and highlighted the need of Myanmarese diplomat offices in Guwahati with regular flight services from Mandalay to Buddha Gaya via Imphal/ Guwahati to give a push to connectivity as also to promote Buddhist tourism.
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Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election.
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After nearly a week of taking blows for everything from the peace process to “atrocious” conditions at internally displaced persons camps to the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority voters, foreign minister U Wunna Maung Lwin struck back at the UN this weekend.
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The Myanmar (also known as Burma) government violated international laws when displacing families as part of a dam project along the Paunglaung River in southern Shan state, pushing them deeper into poverty and devastating their health and livelihoods.
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The durability of the Burmese military establishment can be explained in reference to several key bulwarks. In military parlance, these might be referred to as ‘defensive lines,’ employed to ensure the army’s preeminent position.
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As Myanmar’s economy opens its doors, there are many new instruments that local companies must grasp in order to prosper from global trade. Letters of credit are one of the most important of these instruments.
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Myanmar’s firebrand Buddhist monk Wirathu has openly endorsed President Thein Sein’s ruling party in the Nov. 8 general election, saying Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party was “full of themselves” and unlikely to win the vote.
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Trevor Wilson was Australia’s ambassador to Burma from 2000 to 2003, a period in which the military junta’s grip of power seemed absolute. The generals had successfully crushed two student protests in 1996 and 1998, Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest twice, the second time after a junta-created organisation attacked her convoy, and every single piece of news, song lyrics or movie script had to undergo censorship.
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Nineteen ethnic armed groups attended a summit of ethnic armed organizations held in Thailand late last month, at which seven of them, including the influential Karen National Union (KNU), agreed to sign a long-sought nationwide ceasefire accord with the government. The rest have opted not to sign the agreement at this time, however, pending the inclusion of all ethnic armed groups seeking to be signatories.
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Thalun Zaung Htet: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. The final voter lists for Nov. 8 Election were released and put on display for two weeks to Sept. 27. The final voter lists were however riddled with errors and political parties claim that those errors were deliberately created by the Union Election Commission (UEC). We’ll be discussing if the coming election will be free and fair given that voter lists are incorrect. Joining me are U Zin Aung, chairman of Democracy Party for Myanmar New Society and Lower House candidate for Kyauktan Township in Rangoon, as well as Irrawaddy editor Ko Htet Naing Zaw. I’m Irrawaddy Burmese editor Thalun Zaung Htet.

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