Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts.
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Residents in the Myitsone Dam project area have urged President Htin Kyaw and the new government to end the Myitsone project so that relocated villagers can return to their villages
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More than 8,000 villagers in Kachin State have sent an open letter to Burma’s new government calling on it to address a land confiscation dispute with Yuzana Company Limited, a Burmese conglomerate blacklisted by the United States.
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Burma’s Parliament on Tuesday approved President Htin Kyaw’s proposal to deepen and formalize the country’s longtime military cooperation with Russia.
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Without using the word “Rohingya” directly, U.S. ambassador Scot Marciel underlined the right to self-identity for the Rohingya minority in Rakhine State at his speech at the American Center in Yangon yesterday. “They get to choose what they want to be called”, he said.
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Lee Jones, a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, has just published Societies Under Siege: Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work. In it, he evaluates the use and success of sanctions in three key cases – South Africa, Iraq and Myanmar – and finds that sanctions rarely achieve their stated aims. We spoke to Jones via Skype.
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About 80 farmers protested in front of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) office on 2 May to demand the restoration of their farmland, which was ruined by a gas pipeline.
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Residents of Tenasserim Division’s Yebyu Township on Monday presented a letter to the regional government calling on it to mediate in their dispute with Delco Ltd, a Burmese-owned mining company whose tin and tungsten mines have been blamed for causing damage to the environment and local livelihoods in the area.
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More than one-third of the way into the administration’s first 100 days, ministries are still loath to set out details of their agenda. Instead, charting the course for reform are a spate of new, powerfully staffed bodies appointed by President U Htin Kyaw to address issues the government has flagged as priorities.
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Myanmar’s central bank has released additional rules on mobile financial services that lay the foundation for efficient and secure mobile financial services in Myanmar.
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The government has resumed a controversial citizenship verification process in Rakhine State, an immigration official has revealed, amid pressure from Rakhine politicians to implement the 1982 Citizenship Act in the restive state.
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On 7-8 May 2016, an estimated 1,600 people left their villages in Kyaukme and Hsipaw townships in Shan State following heightened tensions between armed groups in the area, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
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Last year’s “nationwide ceasefire agreement” may already be unraveling, as one of its signatories, the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA), has threatened to pull out of it, according to ALA communications officer Khine Myo Htun, who added that fighting with the Burma Army could break out at any time.
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Residents of the jade-mining town of Hpakant in northern Kachin State say they are living in fear after soldiers from nearby military posts seized several local men, reportedly conscripting them as guides in ongoing hostilities with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
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Burma’s Lower House Speaker Win Myint warned parliamentarians on Wednesday not to post comments on social media that “would undermine the dignity and integrity of Parliament,” after a lawmaker took to Facebook to express disappointment that a proposal she had put forward was rejected.
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