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|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| Much of the opposition's leadership remains in prison, there is no space for political dissent or debate, and no freedom of the press. |
— Ian Kelly, the US State Department spokesman
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|An apparent rush by members of the Burmese junta and their families to buy gold is being named as the cause of a sudden rise in the price of the precious metal in Burma.|
|By LAWI WENG|
| International media groups have condemned a Burmese court in Pakokku Township that sentenced a freelance video reporter to 20 years in prison. |
|By ARKAR MOE|
| A senator from the Australian Greens party calls for a halt to exports of high-frequency radio sets to Burma's military junta. |
|By MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR|
| The recent deportation of Hmong to Laos has shown that Thai military remains the dominant player in shaping the relationship between Thailand and its immediate neighbors. |
|By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS|
|Malaysia's AirAsia and Australia-based Jetstar announced an alliance to help the budget carriers reduce costs including cooperation on passenger handling at airports in Asia and possible joint purchases of aircraft.|
|By AUNG ZAW|
|Sometimes, a look inside another struggling country can help answer questions about your own.|
Than Shwe's surefire hopes for 2010
Burmese government staff unhappy despite pay hike Essential and other commodity prices in Burma are rising after the military junta ...
Army men edit ethnic Kachin newspaper This year the Burmese Army is editing the ‘JingHpaw Mungdaw Nsen’ newspaper ...
Junta buys radio sets from Australian company Perth-based Barrett Communications Company said today that they had sold ...
The price of Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) is significantly higher than the US dollar today. It is higher by Kyat 15 in the Rangoon foreign exch...
(Editorial) The New Year should be a time for hope and change, but for the people of Burma it promises to bring more of the same misery, albeit with ....
| Farmers sell livestock to repay loans|
Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–Farmers in central Burma forced to repay loans months in advance of their deadline have reportedly been selling off livestock, following threats of arrest. - more
| US senator Webb gives election backing |
Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–US senator Jim Webb, the only senior-level US official to have met Burmese junta chief Than Shwe, has said that he supports the junta’s controversial planned elections, to be held this year. - more
| Burma will struggle for attention in 2010|
| Burmese reporter receives 20-year sentence |
Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–A Burmese reporter who contributed video material to the Democratic Voice of Burma has been handed a 20-year prison sentence, bringing to 13 the number of imprisoned journalists in Burma. - more