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Disgruntled NLD Member Lashes Out at Party Leaders

A NLD member, who was disinvited from the upcoming NLD congress, has lashed out at its leadership, accusing them of “acting like a military junta.” Read More


Unrest in Kachin Is a Mixed Blessing for China

The conflict in Kachin is just one piece on the chess board. If played correctly it could be used to promote overall Chinese strategic aims. Read More


Beer Wars in Burma as Rival Brewers Battle for New Market

Burma is about to become a business battleground for two old brewing adversaries intent on capturing the region’s last great untapped beer market. Read More


NKorea Blurs Lines Between Prison Camps, Villages: Amnesty

The reclusive country’s network of political prison camps is believed to hold at least 200,000 people. Read More


Philippines to Accuse Police, Soldiers in Killings Motivated by Corruption

The 35 officers will be charged with executing 13 people at a checkpoint in January. Read More


No More Lobster: China’s Politicos Pare the Pomp

Once feted with banquets of lobster and shark fins, China politicos now serve themselves at drab buffets, staying in guesthouses instead of luxury hotels Read More


From Europe with Love

President Thein Sein’s tour of Europe has turned into a love fest. Unfortunately, the people of Burma weren’t invited. Read More


Thai Military Killed Rohingya: Media Report

Thai security forces opened fire on Rohingya boat people after the desperate Muslim refugees tried to flee off the coast of Phuket town, local newspaper Phuketwan reports. Between two and 15 refugees were killed, said the paper, which spoke to three survivors and local Thai villagers. The alleged incident took place on Feb. 22 when [...] Read More


Burma’s Business Act to Be Overhauled

Burma’s antiquated Companies Act is due to be overhauled with the help of the Asian Development Bank, Eleven Media reports. It said the bank would also help set up an online company registering system. “The Myanmar Companies Act has been around for nearly 100 years … it’s inappropriate for the current environment. Plans are being [...] Read More


S Africa’s MTN Bids for Burma Telecom License

MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile phone company, is interested in a Burma operating license, which it expects will cost the winning bidder $200-$500 million in license fees. MTN said some 90 companies had also expressed interest in Burma, but only two licenses would be awarded in June. The Southeast Asian country has a population of [...] Read More


UN Diplomat: UN Vote Set on North Korea Sanctions

A UN diplomat says the Security Council will vote on Thursday on a US-China draft resolution that would impose some of the strongest sanctions ever ordered by the United Nations against North Korea as punishment for its latest nuclear test. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been announced publicly, [...] Read More


Japan Nominates Vice Finance Minister to lead ADB

Japan has nominated its deputy finance minister for international affairs, Takehiko Nakao, to become president of the Asian Development Bank. The Finance Ministry proposed that Nakao succeed current ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda. He has been nominated Japan’s next central bank governor and resigned as ADB president effective March 18. Japan has held the presidency of [...] Read More


Indonesia Journalist Attacked, Suffers Miscarriage

Indonesian police have arrested two village officials on Borneo Island for allegedly beating a pregnant journalist until she suffered severe bleeding and had a miscarriage. Nurmila Sari Wahyuni, a 23-year-old reporter for Paser TV, a station in East Kalimantan province, was allegedly ambushed by two men on a motorcycle on Sunday while she was filming [...] Read More


Brunei’s sultan to Meet with Obama Next Week

The White House says Brunei’s head of state will meet with President Barack Obama next week. Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah will be at the White House on Tuesday to discuss Asia issues and preparations for the East Asia Summit and U.S.-ASEAN Summit in October. Obama has previously attended those summits. This year, the meeting is [...] Read More


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