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Plenty of Burmese Buddhists are extremely prejudiced against Muslims. But is Aung San Suu Kyi?
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The following is a presentation given by Mizzima’s Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint at the IPI World Congress 2016 which is running from March 19 to 21 in Doha under the title: Safety and Professionalism.
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The world knows Burma for its Noble laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. “The Lady” is a prominent political figure and leader of the pro-democracy movement who spent years under house arrest. But the people of Burma have a new lady in the spotlight now, the country’s incoming first lady, Su Su Lwin.
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Speaking at a side event at a meeting of the United Nations Human Right’s Council in Geneva yesterday, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon Charles Maung Bo gave the following address.
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Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday elected Htin Kyaw, a 70-year-old confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the country’s first civilian leader in more than half a century. The key political events in Myanmar’s recent history:
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Buried among the 169 targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted by the United Nations last September amid a blaze of glitzy events, celebrity endorsements, and back-slapping by world leaders, aid donors and non-governmental organisations – was the vital pledge to eliminate “preventable child deaths” by 2030. It is a cause for our generation, but one that will take a lot more than UN communiqués to advance.
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On Nov. 13, 2010, just days after Burma’s military rulers staged a flawed election that gave their proxy party a majority in parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest. She had spent the better part of two decades inside her villa on the shores of Inya Lake, in the moldering former colonial capital of Rangoon, refusing a standing offer to return to her family in England and leave the generals to continue their ironfisted rule, which was unbroken since a 1962 coup.
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Since the country gained independence in 1948, Burma has seen eight presidents in 68 years under three constitutions. With presidential candidates put forward by Parliament on Thursday, National League for Democracy (NLD) nominee Htin Kyaw looks likely to become Burma’s ninth president; the power transfer is scheduled for March 31. The Irrawaddy reviews the personalities who previously held the position in Burma’s past governments. (more…)

Myanmar’s election last November was hailed as the fairest the country had ever seen. The vote sent Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory after decades of opposition to the country’s former military leaders. This week Myanmar’s parliament, where the NLD now dominates, will nominate a president to lead a new government.
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As the tourism industry continues to grow, some companies are offering tours tailored for visitors with a special and often deeply personal interest in the Burma Campaign of the Second World War.
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Today is International Woman’s Day, when people around the world mark the achievements and challenges of half of humanity.
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Just over a year since fighting erupted in Kokang region between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw, an estimated 27,000 war refugees remain over the border in China’s Yunnan Province.
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World’s current issue includes Sophia Lee’s cover story about the two weeks she spent with the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a Christian-led humanitarian aid group that works in dense Burmese jungles. Here’s the story of one person she met during her trip.
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It is the kind of reminiscence that is all too widespread among the new MPs now finding their feet in the grand parliament buildings of Nay Pyi Taw: the tribulations of their life behind bars. Some may speak of it, others prefer not to. Famously, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself shares some of the same experiences.
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The Burmese poet Maung Saungkha does not have a tattoo of Myanmar’s President on his penis. At least, that is what he has told everyone who has asked him recently. He may soon have to prove it in court. The twenty-four-year-old’s anatomy became a matter of public interest on October 8th, of last year, when Saungkha posted a short poem, titled “Image,” to his Facebook page. The most staid translation reads like this:
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A ceremony to commemorate the 17 martyrs who were killed in the ‘1300 Revolution’ was held at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum at Tha Kywel Kone in Chanmyathazi Township, Mandalay Region, on March 1.
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Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday.

Born in Mandalay, he was given the name Thein Lwin at birth, but took the pen name of Maung Tha Ya in 1955, when his career as an author began with the publication of a short story in Rangoon’s Shu Ma Wa Magazine.
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I would like to dedicate this week’s column to The Global New Light of Myanmar. The state newspaper has abandoned all superficial attempts to recognise that women are equal citizens and clarified exactly what it really thinks their role is: economic baby makers.
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This month brought some positive news for women with children.

The vastly outdated law on child support has been changed so that fathers who have separated from their wives and children are now liable to pay K50,000 each month per child.
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In December, just before Christmas, a small, sleepy, remote, rural village in central Myanmar sent out a powerful message of hope to the entire nation. One evening, in front of an audience of thousands sitting under the stars on tarpaulin, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu clergy gathered on a large stage to light a candle for peace and inter-religious harmony and deliver speeches promoting this message.
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