Friday, May 3, 2013

May 03, 2013 (English Version)


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Indonesian Groups Call for Jihad Against Burma, to Dismay of Burmese Muslims

Burma’s Embassy in Indonesia escaped a terrorist attack while radical Indonesian Islamists now call for jihad against Burma, but Burmese Muslims “totally reject” the actions. Read More


Thein Sein Still a USDP Leader, May Be Party’s 2015 Presidential Pick: Lawmaker

President Thein Sein will still play a leadership role within the ruling party despite having resigned the party chairmanship this week, a party leader says. Read More


Govt Troops Come, Civilians Flee, Tensions Remain in Karen State

Hundreds of civilians have fled from their homes as fighting continues between the rebel Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and a government-backed Karen Border Guard Force. Read More


In Mandalay, Security Moves to Stop Religious Rabble-Rousers

Following anti-Muslim violence in Okkan, unidentified persons allegedly attempt to instigate unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Mandalay, but security forces prevent any ensuing clashes. Read More


Indonesia Says 2 Arrested for Burma Embassy Bomb Plot

Indonesia’s anti-terror squad seizes homemade bombs and arrests two suspected militants allegedly planning to attack the Burma Embassy to protest that country’s treatment of Muslims. Read More


In Burma and Sri Lanka, Anti-Muslim Nationalism Opens Wounds

Recent anti-Muslim religious nationalism in Sri Lanka and Burma, ostensibly in defense of the Theravada Buddhist faith held by the majority, has opened fresh wounds. Read More


The Dictators: Part 9—Than Shwe Becomes King

Than Shwe’s position as dictator of Burma becomes undeniable as his rivals fall by the wayside and even Ne Win is placed under arrest. Read More


Malaysia’s ‘Class War’ Fuels Opposition Election Hopes

With elections just days away, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faces what some say is a class war. Read More


United States Seeks North Korean Amnesty for American Jailed for 15 Years

North Korea sentences an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor, prompting the United States to call for his immediate release. Read More


Chinese Incursion Leaves India on Verge of Crisis

Indian officials say Chinese soldiers have refused to move back over the so-called Line of Actual Control that divides Indian-ruled territory from Chinese-run land. Read More


Thein Sein Resigns as USDP Chairman

Burmese President Thein Sein has resigned as chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), according to the party’s newspaper, the Union Daily. The move, which was formally announced at a party youth function on Wednesday, is in compliance with Burma’s 2008 Constitution, which states that “if the president and the vice presidents [...] Read More


US Extends Authority to Impose Burma Sanctions

The Obama administration is extending by one year the president’s authority to re-impose tough sanctions against Burma, a move to prevent backsliding on democratic reforms. But to sweeten the pill, the administration is easing US visa restrictions on Burma’s former military regime to recognize the nation’s dramatic shift from authoritarian rule. The actions announced on [...] Read More


Chin Homes Torched in India’s Mizoram State

Around 40 homes owned by ethnic Chin refugees from Burma were burned down earlier this week in India’s Mizoram State, according to a report by the Khonumthong news agency. The houses, in the village of Saikhumphai, were set on fire by around 100 residents of the neighboring village of Vaphai, who allegedly used bottles of [...] Read More


Rohingya Doctor’s Sentence Extended

Tun Aung, a 65-year-old medical doctor from Maungdaw, Arakan State, has had his prison sentence extended by six years, Burma Campaign UK reports. A leader of the local Rohingya community, he was originally sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to his alleged involvement in last year’s clashes between Rohingyas and ethnic Arakanese. [...] Read More


Two Karenni Refugees Stabbed to Death in US

Two ethnic Karenni men were killed last weekend in an altercation in Phoenix, Arizona, according to a report by the Democratic Voice of Burma. The incident occurred on April 27 outside of a building where around 40 members of the local Karenni community had gathered to mourn the death of a friend. Police told a [...] Read More


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