Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May 07, 2013 (English Version)


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For the First Time, The Irrawaddy Hits Burma’s Newsstands

The Irrawaddy magazine was sold on Tuesday in Burma for the first time since the once-banned journal was founded more than 20 years ago. Read More


DKBA Forces Refuse to Leave Dam Site

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) refuses to leave an area near the Hat Gyi hydropower dam site, defying an order by the government army. Read More


Central Burma Faces Water Shortage

As temperatures rise, drought has taken hold in much of central Burma, with residents in several villages saying they fear for their health and livelihoods. Read More


Ethnic Armies’ Role in Burma Drug Trade Off Table at Six-Nation Talks

High expectations for a regional anti-narcotics program could be hard to meet if conflicts with ethnic armed groups are not addressed. Read More


Six Muslims Charged with Monk’s Murder in Meikhtila Violence

The district court of Meikhtila files murder charges against six Muslims for allegedly killing a monk in the central Burma town in March. Read More


Mon Youths Detained, Tortured for Attacking Officer, NGO Claims

Police in Mon State have detained eight minors and three adults since mid-April and tortured them during interrogation, an ethnic Mon group claims. Read More


Burma President Vows to Protect Muslim Rights

Burma President Thein Sein vows his government will do everything it can to protect the rights of minority Muslims living in the predominantly Buddhist nation. Read More


Burma Embassy Bomb Plot Witnesses Freed in Indonesia

Indonesia’s counterterrorism unit Densus 88 releases five people initially suspected of taking part in a bombing plot on the Burma Embassy in Jakarta. Read More


Sweeping Violence Under the Rug

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Espionage Fuels China’s Fast-Paced Military Buildup: Pentagon Report

China is using espionage to acquire technologies to fuel its fast-paced military modernization program, a Pentagon report says. Read More


Malaysia PM Faces Limited Future after Worst Electoral Showing

Malaysia’s prime minister may step down by the end of the year after his coalition extends its 56-year rule but records its worst-ever election performance. Read More


Indian Minister to Visit China as Standoff Ends

India’s foreign minister will visit China this week as the two Asian giants confirm they have ended a three-week standoff on their disputed Himalayan border. Read More


Earthquake Hits Shan State

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Burma’s Shan State early Tuesday morning, according to a report by the Bangkok-based newspaper The Nation. The Thai Meteorological Department’s Seismological Bureau said the quake began at 3:17 am and lasted several seconds. The epicenter was 29 km north of the Thai border town of Mae Sai, opposite Tachilek in Shan [...] Read More


Burma’s ‘Drug-free’ Deadline Postponed

Burma will give itself an extra five years to eliminate drug production within its borders, a senior official said as officials from China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam gathered in Rangoon on Monday to discuss the region’s drug crisis. A report by AFP quoted deputy police chief Zaw Win as saying that Burma had “extended [...] Read More


Police Pursue Jakarta Bomb Maker

The Indonesian National Police’s counterterrorism unit Densus 88 has launched a manhunt for a man identified only as SI, who is accused of being the maker of bombs allegedly intended for use against the Burmese embassy in Jakarta. The Jakarta Post reports that the 23-year-old suspect is accused of building five bombs that he and [...] Read More


Burma Army Accused of Abuses in Shan State

Burma’s government army has committed numerous rights abuses, many of them targeting women, during its offensive in northern Shan State over the past four months, according to a new report. The report, focusing on ethnic Palaung areas and released on Monday by the Palaung Women’s Organization and Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, accuses the army [...] Read More


US Recognizes Malaysia Vote despite Concerns

The United States has recognized Malaysia’s election result, despite opposition claims of irregularities in the vote. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the US looked forward to working with the government to be formed by Prime Minister Najib Razak after his coalition returned to power after winning Sunday’s parliamentary elections with a diminished majority and [...] Read More


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