Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Letpadaung Farmers Beaten, Shot at for Plowing Fields

Six people are taken into custody after local authorities in Sagaing Division launch the latest crackdown on farmers opposed to the controversial Letpadaung copper mine. Read More


An Open Secret, an Illicit Trade without End

A trip through several border towns in northern Thailand reveals that drugs are an open secret–and a lucrative trade–in the region. Read More


Ethnic Media Groups Call for Strong Press to Foster Dialogue

Journalists gathered at the conference held in the Mon State capital of Moulmein to promote democracy and foster dialogue between ethnic minorities and mainstream media. Read More


Caution is the Watchword as Indonesia Eyes Business in Burma

Two years into Burma’s dramatic opening up to the outside world, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is just beginning to wake up to the investment potential. Read More


In Burma, Cheap SIM Card Draw May Herald Telecoms Revolution

The SIM card lottery is a first tentative step into a telecoms revolution which could be a game changer for economic growth and political reform. Read More


S Korea Demands Talks With N Korea on Closed Factory

South Korea warns of an unspecified “grave measure” if North Korea rejects talks on a jointly run factory park shuttered for nearly a month. Read More


Factory Building Collapse in Bangladesh Kills 149

Rescuers struggle to reach survivors of a disaster that reignited questions about the often lethal conditions the country’s garment industry. Read More


HK Opposes Sichuan Quake Aid Over Corruption Fears

Hong Kong lawmakers fiercely oppose a plan to donate money to a Chinese provincial government for earthquake victims. Read More


Dalai Lama Urges End to Religious Violence in Burma

The world’s foremost Buddhist leader has spoken out against violence in Burma that has pitted Buddhists against Muslims in multiple instances of deadly communal strife over the last year, ABC News reported. “It’s very sad,” the Dalai Lama said in a recent interview with the American broadcaster. “All the major religions teach us the practice [...] Read More


Thein Sein, Thai PM to Discuss Dawei Port Project at Asean Summit

President Thein Sein is set to meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra this afternoon on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Brunei to discuss progress on the Dawei infrastructure project currently under construction, according to The Nation. Targeted investment in the joint venture, of which a Dawei deep-sea port is a centerpiece, stands [...] Read More


Official Govt Report Sent to President but Public Release Uncertain

A government commission set up to probe violence between Muslims and Buddhists last year in Arakan State has sent its final report to the president, but it remains unclear when, or even if, the findings will be made public, Democratic Voice of Burma reported. In a press release earlier this week, the commission said it [...] Read More


Japanese PM to Focus on Economic Links in Visit to Burma Next Month

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will travel to Burma in late May as Tokyo seeks to strengthen its economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation, Kyodo News reported. In the first visit by a Japanese prime minister in 36 years, Abe will meet with President Thein Sein to discuss accelerating investment and development projects in [...] Read More


As Asean Nations Meet, Burma’s Religious Strife Reverberates

Amid offers to help Burma in dealing with deadly sectarian conflicts that have plagued the country over the last year, Indonesian and Thai diplomats said on Wednesday that it was unclear whether the issue would be brought up during this week’s Asean Summit in Brunei, according to AP. A Burma diplomat, Aung Lynn, said the [...] Read More


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