Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Severely Burned Letpadaung Monk Released From Hospital

U Teikkha Nyana was severely burned when Burmese police attacked anti-copper mine protestors in Letpadaung in November. Read More


Media Watchdog Condemns Threats Against Reporters in Meikhtila Pogroms

The violence that has killed at least 40 people is the most deadly since attacks in Arakan State in western Burma late last year. Read More


Govt Vows to End Anti-Muslim Riots, As Fresh Violence Hits Pegu Division

Anti-Muslim riots spread further southward to two towns in Pegu Division Monday night. The government announced it would stem the violence and safeguard its reforms. Read More


‘Trust-building Is Vitally Important’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, about his role in Burma’s ongoing efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict. Read More


A Turning Point for Burma’s Fighting Forces

Burma’s armed forces—and all of the country’s armed groups—need to think ahead to the day when war is no longer the norm. Read More


Burma Warns Violence Could Threaten Reforms

Burma’s government warned Monday that religious violence could threaten democratic reforms after anti-Muslim mobs rampaged through three more towns in the country’s predominantly Buddhist heartland. Read More


Little Optimism for Breakthrough in Thailand’s Forgotten Jihad

Rusnee Maeloh slept through the 30-minute gunfight that killed her husband, but her neighbors in the notoriously violent Bacho district of southern Thailand heard distant explosions and feared the worst. Read More


US Challenges Laos Over Missing Activist

The US is challenging Laos over the disappearance of a prominent social activist who went missing 100 days ago. The case has put a rare spotlight on the authoritarian nation’s murky governance and human rights record. Read More


China’s First Lady Sparks Homegrown Fashion Frenzy

Peng Liyuan’s attire has sparked a flurry of excitement over an independent homegrown label, in a country where political figures are more frumpy than fashionable. Read More


US Embassy Warns against Visiting Rangoon Muslim Area

The US Embassy on Monday strongly advised US citizens to avoid Mingalar Market/Yuzana Plaza, a Muslim neighborhood in central Rangoon located east of Kandawgyi Lake. The warning comes after days of anti-Muslim riots in central Burma and subsequent reports of potential unrest in Rangoon. The embassy said there are no specific threats to Americans but [...] Read More


Anonymous Hacks Burmese Govt Websites

Anonymous, a loosely associated group of activist hackers, shut down several websites run by Burma’s government on Monday in a show of support for Muslims targeted by recent violence in the country, according to a report by Australia’s public broadcaster SBS. The group, which in the past has carried out distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) attacks [...] Read More


Euro-Burma Office Apologizes for NLD Claims

The Brussels-based Euro-Burma Office has issued a formal apology for reporting on its website last Friday that members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Meiktila were behind the violence that wracked the central Burmese city last week. Harn Yawnghwe, the executive director of the Euro-Burma office, said that the claims were made by [...] Read More


8 More Newspapers Licensed to Go Daily

Burma’s Ministry of Information has given a green light to eight more newspapers to publish daily editions starting on April 1, according to a report by the state-run New Light of Myanmar (NLM). The move brings to 16 the total number of newspaper now licensed to publish on a daily basis. Among those given permission [...] Read More


Karen Youth Group Seizes Drugs, Weapons

A Karen youth group raided an island on the Moei River separating Thailand and Burma last week and seized illegal substances, ammunition and weapons, according to a report by the Karen Information Center. The Kaw Moo Ra Karen Youth Group said that it also “detained” three suspected drug runners who were allegedly operating from the [...] Read More


Burma to Launch Tourist Police Force

Burma has formed a new tourist police force in response to the growing number of international visitors to the country, Eleven Myanmar reports. The new force will assign 140 officers to tourist sites in Rangoon, Mandalay, Pagan, Naypyidaw and Shan State from next month, according to Tun Myat, the spokesperson for the Myanmar Tourist Guide [...] Read More


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