Friday, October 21st, 2016


Among all the murky reports to emerge from Rakhine State this week, one thing that is clear: When it comes to the biggest crisis to hit Myanmar since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian led administration was elected, the military is undoubtedly running the show.

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Which comes first: amending the constitution and laying out the details of the long-promised federal Union? Or surrendering arms in a truly nationwide ceasefire as a prelude to political negotiations?

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A human rights group in Karen State is calling for the demilitarisation of former conflict areas to ensure that Burma’s ongoing peace process is “stable and long lasting”.

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Residents of Chipwe in Kachin State staged a protest march to demand that the Lisu National Development Party (LNDP) retracts its demand for a Lisu self-administered zone made at the 21st Century Panglong Conference.

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Independent media outlets covering the Shan State Hluttaw (parliament) in the state capital Taunggyi have been discriminated against and are being restricted in their coverage of the parliament.

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Amid fighting on the ground in Kachin and Shan states, the Burmese government’s peace negotiation body is planning to hold a national-level political dialogue with or without all ethnic armed organizations in November.

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The government has announced a crackdown on gangs that profit from children and the elderly begging on the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay.

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Over 1,000 Karen refugees who fled from Mae Tha Wor in Karen State to Karen villages close to the border with Thailand after fighting in September face difficulties with food supplies, accommodation and travel.

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The Karen State government has been making arrangements for the return of over 90 Burmese refugees from refugee camps in Thailand back to Burma.

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Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) yesterday introduced its global leading water treatment technology for the Myanmar market, the company said in a statement.

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The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) have agreed to cooperate to implement the project, while respective technical assistance and methods will also be provided for the improvement of quality local handicrafts and food products.

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The depressed teenager who was referred to Dr Ohn Hlaing, a psychologist, received the best possible care. The boy had been struggling in a new school, was retreating into himself and talking about giving up his studies. When his family sent him to a mental health clinic in Yangon, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with depression, but, believing that drugs were not the best option, referred him to Ohn Hlaing for counselling and therapy.

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Following his initial announcement on September 14 alongside State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during her US visit, US President Barack Obama on October 7 signed an executive order terminating the remaining US sanctions against Myanmar.

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Ever since I was able to speak and became conscious of my own actions, I remember telling my mom that I wished I were a boy. This wasn’t astonishing because you would always find me as the only girl among the boys, playing games only boys would play. Besides, most of my close friends and playmates were boys. My parents happily allowed this until I started middle school.

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