December 2015


The Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) agreed to withdraw troops north of a key highway on Tuesday after two days of talks with government negotiators aimed at addressing conflict which broke out in central Shan State on Oct. 6, leaving thousands of civilians displaced.
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Maung Maung, a 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim man traveling from Arakan State’s Maungdaw to his home township of Buthidaung on Monday evening, was shot dead by a Burmese Border Guard Police officer, according to an investigating officer and the victim’s father.
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Four education activists jailed in central Burma since March have been transferred to hospital in Rangoon.
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As fighting continues in Kachin State, refugees fear they are witnessing a last-ditch grab for power, one that will only prolong their displacement.
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A slum dweller and retired school teacher, Aung Htay, who lives near Ngamoyeik creek in No. 41 Extended Ward of North Dagon Township, said the North Dagon City Development Committee has sent out eviction notices with a deadline of December 10.
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Burma’s union parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), signed in October by the government and eight armed ethnic groups.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s chief peace negotiator Aung Min met Monday afternoon at Suu Kyi’s office in Naypyidaw, likely to discuss the future of the country’s peace process.
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Despite far-reaching political and economic reforms over the past five years, Burma’s judiciary remains one of the country’s most corrupt institutions, according to a report tabled in the Lower House on Tuesday.
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From presidential frontrunner to ousted ruling party leader and then defeated parliamentary candidate, the roller-coaster of Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann’s political career may yet be salvaged.
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Burma opened the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) today, with the first six listed companies announced.
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China has started a newspaper in Yunnan Province to serve the interests of an estimated population of 50,000 Myanmar-language residents in the region, says the state-owned Xinhua newspaper.
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Angry farmers are gearing up for a court battle with a corporation that wants to plant teak on land they say belongs to them.
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A leading Buddhist educator in Mandalay, known for developing a a teaching method radically different that usually encountered in Burma’s moribund public education system, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize.
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Construction on the controversial Upper Paunglaung Dam in Mandalay has been completed, according to Burmese state media.
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Burmese government officials are optimistic that they will be granted technical and financial assistance from developed countries for climate change adaptation and mitigation plans once a new treaty is agreed at the COP21 conference by the end of this week.
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The Burmese tycoon Zaw Zaw, who has been subject to American economic sanctions for nearly seven years, thinks it is time for them to end. At least in his case.
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Myanmar has come under renewed pressure to lift itself from the bottom rung of countries to have ratified key international human rights treaties.
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To:

Retired Snr-Gen. Than Shwe

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

President Thein Sein

Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing

Mingalabar,

As a Burmese I am heartened to hear the news of the four leaders working diligently to end half a century of authoritarian rule and usher in a democratic transition.
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With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016. The NLD’s yet-to-be-clarified policy direction has led to a major sense of uncertainty in the Chinese policy community, giving rise to heated discussion about whether (and if so, how) China should once again adjust its policy toward Myanmar. While the change of government in Myanmar does not alter China’s overall goals in its relations with the southwestern neighbor, China nonetheless hopes to start a new era in its relations with Myanmar. For the foreseeable future, however, the details of China’s policy will be determined by the positions and policies of the NLD government.
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The Arakan National Party (ANP) won 22 seats in the Union Parliament in Burma’s recent general election, clearly establishing it as the country’s strongest ethnic political party. The ANP also won 23 of 47 state parliament seats on Nov. 8, just short of a majority in the Arakan State legislature. The Irrawaddy’s Htet Naing Zaw recently sat down with ANP central committee member Aye Thar Aung to discuss the party’s political objectives, his view on the victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) and the issues facing Arakan State.
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