Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mar 14, 2013 (English Version)


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Nippon Foundation Says Aid to Kachin Blocked

Influential Japanese charity the Nippon Foundation says Burma’s government is preventing it from delivering aid to civilians affected by the Kachin conflict. Read More


From Fear to Freedom in Thailand

Meen Pulu left Burma at the tender age of five when her village in northern Karen State was attacked by the Burmese army in 1985. Read More


Suu Kyi Confronted by Hundreds of Angry Anti-Mine Protesters

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was stopped by hundreds of protestors Thursday and forced to defend a controversial inquiry into a copper mine. Read More


UN Concerned by Reports Army is Using Aid Convoys to Reinforce Troops

A spokesperson for the UN secretary general says the world body is concerned by reports that Burma’s military took advantage of recent UN aid convoys. Read More


Burma to Coordinate Growing Rice Exports with Thailand, Vietnam

Burma’s rice export is growing rapidly, and on Wednesday Burmese, Thai and Vietnamese rice industry leaders met in Rangoon to coordinate their rice export plans. Read More


The Letpadaung Saga and the End of an Era

Twenty-five years after Burma’s pro-democracy movement began, some in the country are left wondering if they still have a leader in Aung San Suu Kyi. Read More


Khmer Rouge Founder Ieng Sary Dies While on Trial

Sary co-founded the brutal 1970s ultra-Maoist movement in Cambodia and served as its public face abroad for decades. Read More


NKorea Criticized for ‘Sexist’ Jab at South’s Leader

North Korea, which is a strongly male-dominated society, has a history of making sexist comments about powerful women. Read More


China Names Xi Jinping President, Capping His Rise

The new leader will need cautious manoeuvring to consolidate his power and build support from a public that is increasingly clamoring for change. Read More


Kachin Peace March Reaches Laiza

Kachin peace activists and monks finally reached Laiza in Kachin State on Wednesday evening after being briefly held up by Burmese government troops. The marchers set off from Myingyan, Magwe Division, last month. The Burmese military stopped the march at Lajayan earlier in the week, claiming the road ahead was too dangerous, but after negotiations [...] Read More


Shan, Wa and Other Ethnic Groups to Hold Conference

A total of 25 ethnic rebel groups and civil society organizations from Burma’s western and northwestern regions are planning to meet in Lashio on March 20 for the Shan–Kayah Trust-building for Peace conference, the SHAN Herald news reports. It said representatives from major Shan and Wa militias and political organizations would attend, including the Restoration [...] Read More


French Hotel Chain Accor to Enter Burma

International French hotel chain Accor has plans to enter Burma’s fast-growing tourism market by building three hotels in Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw by 2015, Mizzima reports. The hotels in Rangoon and Mandalay will be established under the Novotell brand, while the hotel in the capital Naypyidaw will be developed under the Accor’s luxury McGallery chain. [...] Read More


Thai Rosewood Gets Intl Protection

Thai rosewood, which fetches exorbitant prices on the international market, was granted protection under international law on Tuesday, with China the main target, but it was not immediately clear how much effect it will have. A 1989 National Logging Ban already prohibits logging of all rosewood and other precious wood species in Thailand. But huge [...] Read More


Sumatran Tiger Mauls Indonesian Farmer to Death

A rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed, a park official said on Wednesday. The same animal is suspected in attacks on five other people. The official at Batang Gadis National Park, Yudi Santoso, said 32-year-old Karman Lubis [...] Read More


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