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Military Involved in Massive Land Grabs: Parliamentary Report

A parliamentary report said Burma’s military has forcibly seized at least 250,000 acres of farmland. Near Rangoon meanwhile, farmers are beginning to reclaim confiscated lands. Read More


Letpadaung Residents Make Bid to Sue Thein Sein

Three women living near the controversial Letpadaung copper mine move to file a lawsuit against the president for his role in a crackdown on protesters. Read More


Despite Ceasefire, Shadow Hangs over Border Economic Prospects

Hopes that the ceasefire agreement in Karen State would yield a peace dividend are running up against a host of problems. Read More


Thein Sein Talks Sanctions and Trade in Vienna

President Thein Sein called for an end to EU sanctions against Burma and welcomed investors to his nation during a two-day visit to Austria. Read More


Burma to Open Offshore Oil and Gas Bids by April

Burma plans to put over 20 offshore oil and gas exploration blocks up for auction by April in a bid to attract more foreign investment. Read More


China to Stress Social Well-being over Growth

China’s government promises deficit-fueled spending to fight corruption, improve the despoiled environment and address other quality-of-life issues that a growing number of Chinese are demanding. Read More


Desperately Seeking Success in the Thai Deep South

The governments of Thailand and Malaysia both have a lot at stake as Thai negotiators prepare for talks with a leading Muslim insurgent group. Read More


Thai Rice Farmers Threaten Protest if Intervention Price Cut

Thai farmers vow to stage a major protest after the government signals it may cut rice intervention prices by a tenth. Read More


Malaysian Troops Attack Armed Philippine Group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets attack an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo after violence kills at least 27 people. Read More


The Chef Who Prepared Food Fit for The Lady

For more than a decade, Myint Soe cooked for Burma’s most famous political prisoner. Now he’s a bestselling author with many memories to share. Read More


Burma Military Chief Meets Russian Defense Minister

Burma’s military Commander-in-Chief Vice-Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing received Russian Defense Minister Gen Sergei Shoigu in the capital Naypyidaw on Monday, state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports. The Defense Minister was given a Guard of Honor and the commanders of Burma’s army, navy and air force were also present during the meeting. It [...] Read More


Military-owned Firm Buys Rangoon Port Terminal

Military-owned conglomerate Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) has bought a major terminal in Rangoon Port for about US $44 million, Eleven Media reports. It cites sources in the government’s National Privatization Commission, which informed the company on Jan. 31 that it could take over the Bo Aung Kyaw Port Terminal and surrounding premises. MEHL bought [...] Read More


Burma’s President among Nobel Prize Nominees

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education is a wild card entry for this year’s Nobel Peace prize, with the leaders of Colombia and Burma among likely candidates for the award. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was certain to be on the list for his efforts [...] Read More


Diplomats: US, China Agree on NKorea Sanctions

UN diplomats say the United States and China have reached agreement on a new sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test. Late Monday evening, the Security Council scheduled closed-door consultations on North Korea for Tuesday morning. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made, say [...] Read More


Cambodian Court Orders Trial of Former Governor

The Cambodian Appeals Court on Monday ordered a former town governor be brought to trial for allegedly shooting three garment workers during a labor protest last year, overturning an earlier decision by prosecutors to drop charges against him. Judge Khun Leang Meng said on Monday that the Appeals Court had charged Chhouk Bandith, the former [...] Read More


Burma’s Draft Media Law Casts Shadow on Press Freedom

After winning praise for relaxing controls on the media over the past two years, Burma is now in danger of backsliding on press freedom. Read More


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