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Release of Arakan Unrest Report Unclear, Further Delay Likely

A much-delayed inquiry into Arakan State’s sectarian violence is scheduled for release Monday, but investigation commission members don’t know if it will be released. Read More


Muslim Quarter Attacked in Pegu Division

At least one Islamic neighborhood in Pegu Division was attacked on Thursday. It was the only confirmed incident on the ninth day of anti-Muslim attacks. Read More


Karen Unity Meeting Attended by Ministers in Pa-an

Hundreds of Karen community leaders met in Pa-an in Karen State on Friday to discuss unity among the various political, armed, religious and community organizations. Read More


In Name of Change, Burma Buries Past

Burma’s ongoing transformation has been largely managed from above, by some of the very men and institutions implicated in abuses. Read More


Chinese Investments in Cambodia Ignore Environment Queries

China’s expanding investment portfolio in Cambodia has brought into sharper focus the darker side of the Asian giant’s “development projects.” Read More


Thai Authorities, Muslim Rebels Launch Peace Talks

Thai authorities and Muslim separatist leaders started peace talks on Thursday aimed at ending almost a decade of unrest in the country’s far south. Read More


Malaysia to Buy 18 Jet Fighters, Shortlists Five Makers

Malaysia has shortlisted five manufacturers as it seeks to buy 18 combat aircraft by 2015 to replace its ageing fleet of Russian-made MIG-29s. Read More


NKorea Orders Rocket Prep After US B-2 Drill

North Korea’s leader said Friday that his rocket forces are ready “to settle accounts with the US,” an escalation of the country’s bellicose rhetoric. Read More


The Dictators: Part 5—Ne Win Promotes Than Shwe

Ne Win’s paranoia opens the door for the understated and stealthy Than Shwe to assume power in the shadows. Read More


Lieutenant of Drug Lord Naw Kham Begins Trial in Burma

A Shan drug suspect who worked under the late drug lord Naw Kham was set to begin trial on Friday in eastern Burma, according to border news sources. Aung Myat, a lieutenant of Naw Kham’s drug trafficking gang in the Golden Triangle, surrendered to Burmese authorities in May last year and was subsequently transferred to [...] Read More


Burma to Join Regional Anti-Narcotics Fight

Burma will team up with China, Laos and Thailand next month in a joint campaign against drug-related crimes in the Mekong River region, reports. During the two-month campaign, which is set to begin on April 20, law enforcement officials from the four countries will collaborate to solve major trans-regional cases along the river and [...] Read More


Burma’s Gas Exports to Reach Record Highs This Fiscal Year

Burma will likely see its gas exports hit US $4 billion when the fiscal year ends on Sunday, exceeding last year’s record of $3.5 billion, Eleven Myanmar newspaper reports. As of mid-March, the country’s gas exports had already surpassed $3.7 billion, the newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an official from the Ministry of Commerce. Burma’s [...] Read More


Govt Involved in Central Burma Violence, UN Says

The United Nations has accused Burma’s government of involvement in recent sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims, AFP reports. The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, told AFP that he had received evidence of security forces standing by rather than stopping the violence, which killed at least 40 people in [...] Read More


Meikhtila Residents to Receive $100,000 in US Aid

The United States will provide US $100,000 in aid to help residents displaced after recent sectarian violence in the central Burma city of Meikhtila, the Myanmar Times reported on Thursday. The aid will include hygiene kits, blankets, utensils, plastic sheeting, emergency water and sanitation, US Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington [...] Read More


Thailand Sentences Man to 3 Years for Royal Insult

A Thai man was sentenced to three years and four months in prison on Thursday for selling video CDs of an Australian TV news segment deemed offensive to Thailand’s royal family. The court convicted 37-year-old Akachai Hongkangwan under lese majeste laws prohibiting defamation of the royal family. The VCDs contained a segment on the Australian [...] Read More


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