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Chronic Problems for Burma’s Health System

Despite a recent increase in government spending on healthcare, medical treatment for most ordinary Burmese remains woefully inadequate. Read More


Constitutional Reform Key, But Still Far Off: Report

Constitutional reform is central to establishing rule of law in Burma, but it is unlikely to happen before the 2015 elections, a new report says. Read More


Kachin Group Says Violence Continues While President Claims Peace

Kachin activists say that despite President Thein Sein’s claims that hostilities have ended in Burma’s north, the country’s army continues its push against rebels. Read More


Suu Kyi’s Inexperienced Party in Search of Policies for Burma

The NLD begins its first congress aiming to push forward positions that will become increasingly important in the run-up to a 2015 election. Read More


USAID Optimistic on Burma Work, but Firm on Terms

The US Agency for International Development is stepping up its efforts in Burma, amid criticism of the country’s government for ongoing abuses. Read More


Arakan Crisis Risks Spread, Endangering Burma Reforms: UN

Sectarian violence in Arakan State risks spreading and endangering democratic reforms in Burma, according to UN rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana. Read More


Tax Rise Plans Prompt Worries Over Wasteful Spending, Transparency

Critics of the plan say the tax rises could amount to “extortion” if not spent on welfare programs. Read More


Dam Shame: 60,000 Could Lose Homes for Controversial China Hydropower

In late January, the Chinese government unexpectedly announced that dam building would resume after it was blocked by outgoing Premiere Wen Jiabao. Read More


Malaysia Says 31 Filipinos Fatally Shot in Borneo

The military said airstrikes and mortar fire took the lives of the Filipinos, who were part of a 200-member group that took over the area last month. Read More


NKorea Hit by New UN Sanctions After Nuke Test

The UN responds to North Korea’s latest nuclear test by imposing tough new sanctions targeting its economy and leadership. Read More


The Dictators: Part 2—Ne Win Tightens his Grip

Gen Ne Win cements his position ruling Burma while Than Shwe rises up the ranks in the background. Read More


Cisco to set up tech training centers in Burma

US company Cisco Systems plans to establish two network training centers in Burma, as global technology companies begin to move into one of the least-connected places on Earth. The announcement on Thursday came on the heels of a USAID-sponsored delegation of executives from Cisco, Google, HP, Intel and Microsoft to the fast-opening country. Levels of [...] Read More


Burmese Pearl Fetch High Prices in Hong Kong

At a new international pearl auction in Hong Kong last weekend, Burmese golden pearls were among the most highly valued and their sales generated US $4 million for Burma’s government, according to the South China Morning Post. The natural golden pearls come from Burma’s Mergui Archipelago, some 800 islands that stretch along the country’s southeastern [...] Read More


KNU Opens Sixth Liaison Office

Ethnic rebel group the Karen National Union (KNU) opened their sixth liaison office on Tuesday in Naung Bo village, Thaton Township, Mon State, Karen News is reporting. It said Union Minister Zayar Aung and Mon State Chief Minister Ohn Myint attended the ceremony, along with KNU chairman General Mutu Say and the Karen National Liberation [...] Read More


Burma’s Media Decry ‘New Censorship Board’

Burmese media are outraged over a government decision to form a “supervisory committee” that will have similar tasks as the former media censorship board, which was abolished in August. The new Central Supervisory Committee for Registration and Distribution of Printers and Publishers includes officials from the office of the Military Security Affairs Chief and the [...] Read More


Little PSY Goes Solo after ‘Gangnam Style’ Cameo

The impish boy who showed off his dance moves alongside PSY in “Gangnam Style” is hoping to go viral, too. The 7-year-old nicknamed “Little PSY” is releasing an electro pop song next week through iTunes. The boy, whose real name is Hwang Min-woo, says he wants to gain global fame like his “big brother,” PSY. [...] Read More


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