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May 09, 2013 (English Version)


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Ethnic Activists Warn of Surge in Land Grabs After Ceasefires

Ethnic NGOs want the government and ethnic rebel militias to address Burma’s worsening land rights situation, but two important government bodies refused to meet them. Read More


More Deadly Violence in Burma’s Shan State Sends 1,000 Fleeing Toward China

At least 9 Burmese government troops were killed on Thursday in the latest escalation of fighting in the country’s east. Read More


Plan to Resettle Rohingyas Opposed by Locals

Arakanese Buddhists blocked a move in early April to resettle Rohingya Muslims to an area emptied of Muslims during violence there last year. Read More


Court Sentences 10 Men to Prison, Hard Labor for Arakan Violence

A court sentences 10 men to between nine months and three years’ imprisonment in connection with violence in Arakan State’s Kyauk Taw Township last year. Read More


Indonesia Anti-Terror Squad Kills 7 Militants

Indonesia’s anti-terrorism unit kills seven and arrests six others in separate operations that may have links to a foiled plot to bomb the Burma Embassy. Read More


Thein Sein Enjoys Myitsone Praise as Dams on Salween Secretly Proceed

Despite the suspension of the controversial Myitsone dam project, another equally damaging hydropower project on the Salween looks set to go forward with government approval. Read More


Burmese Cuisine and the American Dream

A husband and wife team earn critical acclaim by introducing the flavors and culture of their Southeast Asian homeland to California foodies. Read More


After Disputed Election, Tensions Rise in Malaysia

Opposition calls for an investigation into alleged voting irregularities and ethnic divisions shear the Southeast Asian nation’s political fabric. Read More


Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills 8 as Collapse’s Death Toll Nears 900

Eight people are killed in a factory fire in Bangladesh, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building there climbs to 892. Read More


Malaysian Opposition Rallies against Election Loss

At least 50,000 Malaysian opposition supporters rally to protest what they say are fraud-marred election results that enabled the long-ruling coalition to cling to power. Read More


South Korea’s Park Urges Isolated North to Choose New Path

South Korean President Park Geun-hye calls on Pyongyang to end the cycle of tension and short-lived stability on the Korean peninsula. Read More


US President Obama Urges NKorea to Follow Burma’s Reforms

US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged long-time US opponent North Korea to enact reforms along similar lines to Burma at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye in Seoul. North Korea should “take notice of events in countries like Burma (Myanmar), which, as it reforms, is seeing more trade and investment and [...] Read More


Influential Reformist Minister Leaves Burma’s Investment Commission

A leading reformist minister who played a key role in promoting Burma’s new foreign investment law has left his post as head of the government’s investment commission, Financial Times reported Wednesday, following criticism among conservative politicians opposed to the quick pace of reform. Soe Thane, a President’s Office minister with close ties to President Thein [...] Read More


Govt Army Abuse Against Women, Girls in Shan State Requires Investigation, Activists Say

Activists are calling on Burma’s national human rights commission to investigate allegations of violence against women in Shan State amid an offensive by the government army, the Asian Correspondent news portal reported Wednesday. The Palaung Women’s Organization and the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization have released a report highlighting rights abuses by government soldiers in [...] Read More


Bomb Blasts Rock City in Thailand’s Restive South

Police say two bombs targeting security forces went off in a commercial area in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south but no one was injured. Police Col. Tuanday Juthanan says one bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in Pattani city Thursday. He says the second device was found outside an auto showroom near the mall, hidden in a [...] Read More


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