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May 06, 2013 (English Version)


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Burma’s Global Warming Activists Turn Up the Heat on Govt

If the government doesn’t step up its conservation program, environmentalists say climate change could derail poverty alleviation efforts and other elements of the country’s reform. Read More


Crispy, Spicy, Pungent: Myanmar Shows a Flair for Flavor

Canadian traveler and food writer Naomi Duguid is hooked on Myanmar’s cuisine Read More


Burmese Refugees Flock to Iowa Meatpacking Town

A small town in the United States has been transformed in some ways by a wave of about 400 refugees from Chin State. Read More


Case Against British Activist Puts Thailand in the Dock

During his years campaigning for the rights of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand, Andy Hall cut a figure as an activist on overdrive. Read More


Aerosmith Drops Indonesia Show After Foiled Attack on Burma Embassy

A concert promoter cites safety concerns as the cause for the American rockers canceling their show in the Indonesian capital. Read More


China Emerging as New Force in Drone Warfare

After China considered a drone attack in Burma to capture drug lord Naw Kham, a spotlight is cast on the country’s unmanned aerial vehicle program. Read More


Bangladesh Building-Collapse Toll Tops 600

More than 600 bodies have been recovered from the garment-factory building that collapsed over a week ago, in one of the worst industrial accidents ever. Read More


Malaysia’s Long-Ruling Coalition Hangs on to Power

The coalition wins national elections with a weakened majority, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process. Read More


Lessons from Cambodia

Two decades into its difficult transition to democracy, Cambodia is well-placed to warn Myanmar of the pitfalls that lie ahead on the road to reform. 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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