Thursday, May 12th, 2016


The General Administration Department, a far-reaching civil service body under military authority, has just created a new and powerful role for friends of the army.
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Protestors from a plywood factory in the Sagaing Industrial Zone resumed their march to Naypyidaw on Thursday, following five days of negotiations in the capital and Wundwin Township, where they rested, with no results.
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A proposal submitted to the Lower House of Burma’s Parliament late last week by a lawmaker of the Arakan National Party (ANP) urged the government to “resolve citizenship issues” in Burma in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law. The proposal suggested that a nationwide citizenship verification drive be undertaken—although it remained vague on the focus and scope of the proposed exercise.
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The US will be careful in its choice of wording and avoid inflaming tensions with the term “Rohingya”, American ambassador Scot Marciel reportedly told Thura U Shwe Mann.
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A former ambassador to the UN who routinely defended the military that incarcerated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is set to become her closest minister.
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On May 20, the national emergency that underpins the remaining US sanctions on Myanmar will expire unless renewed by President Barack Obama.
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