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Skeptics Question Burma’s Internet Slowdown

A slowdown in Burma’s Internet speed is hurting businesses and the media, while raising questions about censorship.

General’s Promotion Signals Power Struggles at the Top

The recent promotion of Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo to the rank of four-star general is the latest sign that Burma’s top general is tightening his grip on power.

Weekly Business Roundup (March 30, 2009)

India’s industrial giant Tata may build a truck manufacturing factory in Burma.

Lawyers group request abolition of Unlawful Association Act

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–A Thailand-based Burmese lawyers group has requested that Burma’s ruling junta abolish the Unlawful Association Act under which many political dissidents have been sentenced to imprisonment. - more

Opposition party responds to junta’s call for election participation

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s military leader urged political parties last week to participate in the 2010 elections, whilst warning them not to criticise the 2008 constitution, which many claim guarantees a continuation of military rule. - more

Former ambassador claims Burma looking to improve US ties

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–Recent diplomatic efforts by the Burmese government appear to signal a move towards improving ties with the new US administration, a former ambassador to the Burmese embassy in Washington said. - more

China-Burma pipeline ‘holds no benefits for Burma’

Mar 30, 2009 (DVB)–A leading campaigner has claimed that the deal signed last week for the construction of a gas pipeline between China and Burma will lead to land confiscation and will hold no benefit for Burma. - more


The Consequences of Elitism

A “third force” is emerging in Burma with the potential of exerting influence on the country’s political future.

Thai PM Avoids Office on 5th Day of Protests

Thailand's prime minister avoided his office Monday as thousands of protesters calling for his resignation and allied with deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra surrounded the seat of government for a fifth day.

Than Shwe Sets Guidelines for 2010 Polls

Burma's junta chief set some ground rules Friday for historic elections scheduled for 2010, calling on political parties to avoid smear campaigns and to remember it will take awhile to establish a "mature" democracy.

Popular Burmese Snack Tainted with Chemical Dye

Burma's Health Ministry on Sunday banned the sale of 57 brands of pickled tea leaves, a popular snack food found to contain a harmful chemical dye.

Scores Still Missing after Indonesian Dam Bursts

Attention shifted to caring for homeless and hungry survivors Sunday after a dam burst outside the Indonesian capital, sending a wall of water crashing into a densely packed neighborhood.

Burma again chastised for lack of religious freedom

The United States State Department has once again saddled Burma with the moniker of a 'country of particular concern' (CPC) for the Burmese government's failure to address the lack of...

China, Burma to build cross border gas pipeline

China and Burma on Thursday signed four contracts, which included the construction of a cross border oil and gas pipeline, Burma’s state-run media said.
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OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USA
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Long Neck Tribe: people without a country
Examiner.com - USA
The tribes are refugees from Burma (Myanmar) fleeing from genocide of their ethnic race. There is much talk about the Thai people exploiting them for money ...
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Bangkok Post : India and Tata to build Nano factory in Burma
Bangkok Post - Thailand
New Delhi - India's top truck and bus maker, Tata Motors, is looking to set up a truck manufacturing plant in Burma with support from the Indian government ...
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Officers fear a coup on road to vote
The National - Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Gen Than rarely speaks in public except at the annual Armed Forces Day, which marks the day in 1945 when the army of Myanmar, also known as Burma, ...
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