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‘Political Opportunists’ and ‘Religious Extremists’ Behind Riots: Thein Sein

Burma’s president blames riots in central Burma on “political opportunists and religious extremists” and warns he “will not hesitate to use force” to restore order. Read More


Hundreds Resume Letpadaung Mine Protest

Even as many farmers accept compensation for the loss of their land, hundreds of others say they will continue to call for the mine’s shutdown. Read More


Wa Army Pledges to Continue Push for Independence

Ethnic Wa rebels said at a recent conference in Shan State they would continue to work toward achieving an independent state in eastern Burma. Read More


Burmese Migrant Workers in Thailand Protest Exploitation

Several hundred Burmese migrant workers at a shrimp factory in Thailand are protesting what they say is exploitation by the owner of the factory. Read More


Anti-Muslim Attacks Hit Two More Pegu Division Towns

Anti-Muslim riots continued to spread in central Burma for the seventh consecutive day as mobs attacked Islamic neighborhoods in two more towns Pegu Division towns. Read More


Is This the Wrong Century for Coal to be King in Burma?

Three proposed coal-fired power plants would double Burma’s electricity-generating capacity, but only at a considerable economic and environmental cost. Read More


Burma’s Central Bank to Issue Monetary Policy

A source at the bank’s foreign exchange department said it would soon open the door for joint-venture applications. Read More


Southeast Asia Ready to Build, but Will Investors Come?

Indonesia is seeking European investors for $9 billion worth of water, road, air and seaport projects in a litmus test for Southeast Asian countries. Read More


Google Adds Street Views Inside Japan Nuclear Zone

Concrete rubble litters streets lined with shuttered shops and dark windows. A collapsed roof juts from the ground. A ship sits stranded on a stretch of dirt flattened when the tsunami roared across the coastline. There isn’t a person in sight. Read More


China Eyes $3.5 Billion Russian Arms Deal Despite Ire Over Sukhoi Copy

The sale of fighters and advanced submarines would make be the first major arms deal between the two nations in almost 10 years. Read More


Muslims Targeted with ‘Brutal Efficiency’: UN Envoy

The UN’s special envoy for Burma, Vijay Nambiar, said that Muslim homes were targeted with “brutal efficiency” in recently deadly attacks in the country. According to a report by AFP, Nambiar also said that “incendiary propaganda” had been used to stir up unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the central Burmese city of Meiktila [...] Read More


Indonesian Mining Company Sets Sites on Burma

Indonesia’s state-controlled gold and nickel miner Aneka Tambang is set to begin mining for gold in Burma this year, as soon as it secures a permit, the Jakarta Globe reports. The company is planning to increase its capital spending this year by 18 percent, to US $617 million, to push ahead with a domestic expansion [...] Read More


‘Global Rohingya Center’ Opens in Jeddah

A new “Global Rohingya Center” (GRC) has opened at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to highlight the plight of Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State. According to a report by the UAE-based Gulf Today, the center opened on March 25. The report said that the center’s stall at [...] Read More


Obama to Host Singapore Leader at White House

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet next month with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders will meet at the White House on April 2 to discuss economic and political issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region and ways the two countries can collaborate. They’ll also discuss efforts to move forward with [...] Read More


BRICS to Set up Development Bank to Fund Infrastructure

Leaders of the five BRICS nations fueling global economic growth plan the creation of a development bank in a direct challenge to the World Bank, which they accuse of Western bias. The bank will use $50 billion of seed capital shared equally between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It will be the first [...] Read More


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