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Govt Moves to Quell Violence in Meikhtila

Burma’s government declares a state of emergency in Meikhtila as the death toll mounts after a third day of clashes between Muslims and Buddhists. Read More


Family Still Homeless After Helping NLD 22 Years Ago

After 22 years, a Rangoon family is still paying the price for the brief period when they rented an apartment to Burma’s main opposition group. Read More


Google’s Schmidt Tells Rangoon Students Internet Will Open Burma

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Friday said that Burma’s reforms will help establish rule of law in the country. Read More


Response to ‘The Japanese Way to Peace in Burma’

The executive director of the Nippon Foundation takes issue with a recent article by The Irrawaddy about Yohei Sasakawa’s role in Burma’s national reconciliation efforts. Read More


New China Ambassador Has His Work Cut Out for Him

Yang Houlan’s predecessor held the job during a period of tense relations between Naypyidaw and Beijing. Read More


The Dictators: Part 4—Ne Win’s Paranoia Grows

Tin Oo feels Ne Win’s wrath as the dictator’s paranoia takes hold, leaving the door open for a new generation of loyal generals. Read More


Behind the Letpadaung Crisis, a Canadian Firm With a Dire Record

The ongoing crisis at Letpadaung should be a warning to the world of the need to exert caution when conducting mining operations in underdeveloped countries. Read More


US: Vietnam Backsliding on Human Rights

The Obama administration expresses concern about Vietnam’s “backsliding” on human rights and asserts that advancing individual freedoms is key to US policy in Asia. Read More


SKorea Ready for More Cyberattacks; Banks Recover

South Korea prepares for the possibility of more cyberattacks as investigators try to determine if North Korea was behind an attack earlier this week. Read More


US Optimistic for Chinese Action on North Korea

The United States is optimistic China will increase scrutiny of financial transactions to Pyongyang that could contravene fresh UN sanctions. Read More


UN Office Calls for Calm in Violence-hit Meiktila Township

The UN resident coordinator in Burma Ashok Nigam called for calm in Meiktila Township on Thursday, after two days of inter-communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the town left several people dead and scores injured. “I am deeply concerned with the violence and loss of lives and property in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Division.  Prevention [...] Read More


Burma Must Investigate Rights Abuses: UN Council

Burma’s government must launch an independent investigation into rampant human rights violations in the country, the UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday, according to AFP. A resolution tabled by the EU and supported by 47 member states said that last year’s inter-communal violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya’s in western Arakan State, which killed [...] Read More


Upper House Suspects Corruption in State Asset Privatization

Burma’s Upper House Public Account Committee asked Parliament last week to investigate business cronies of the former military regime on suspicions of tax evasion and illegal payments during the privatization of state assets in recent years, Eleven Media reports. The committee said corruption during the privatization process should be investigated as auction prices for state [...] Read More


Burma Search Portal Due for Launch

While Google Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke in Rangoon on Friday, business news website Quartz reports that Google plans to introduce several specific services in Burma in coming months in order to claim a stake in its underdeveloped IT and telecom market. Quartz said the company will launch, a search engine portal with Burmese-language support, [...] Read More


UN Rights Body Urges Tougher Sri Lanka Probe

For the second time in as many years, the UN’s top human rights body approved a US-backed resolution on Thursday calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the country’s quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels. By a 25-13 vote, the 47-nation UN Human Rights [...] Read More


Italy to Returns 2 Marine Murder Suspects to India

Italy said it would return two marines to India by Friday to face murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen, reversing a decision that escalated diplomatic tensions. The government said on Friday it decided to return the men after receiving written assurance from Indian authorities that their “fundamental rights” would be respected. Friday [...] Read More


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