Myanmar

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Myanmar Ousts Rising Political Star

The sudden removal of one of Myanmar’s most powerful men sent has sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in the old capital of Yangon, where foreign embassies are still located. It seemed more like a...
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Shwe Mann’s Fall from Power a Mixed Blessing for Myanmar

Burmese elite politics have been historically a realm of intrigue and abrupt changes, in which a high-ranking general could fall from power overnight and traces of his influence would be erased almost instant...
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New Political Reality for Myanmar’s Military

A number of major issues threaten to degrade, if not entirely disrupt, Myanmar’s elections, scheduled for November. These issues include ongoing fighting between the military and various armed ethnic armies, ...
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The Rohingya: Where They Came From

The crisis that has enveloped Myanmar’s luckless Rohingya has been years in the making. They are hardly interlopers, with some of them having settled in Arakan Province, also known as Rakhine, on Myanmar’s west...
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Myanmar May Get a Real Election

Myanmar faces a major test of its intentions towards democracy this year with national elections in November. The elections are to replace a legislature established by the former junta. That 2010 election lef...
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Myanmar High Court Turns Down Journalists’ Appeal

Myanmar’s Supreme Court Wednesday rejected an appeal by four journalists and the CEO of the defunct Unity journal, who are serving a seven year sentence at hard labor for a July report alleging  that an Army fa...
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Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

It is beginning to look like the issue of implementing seventh-century Islamic law requiring the amputation of limbs and stoning of adulterers has crested in Malaysia and is receding. The issue attracted wid...
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Myanmar’s Military: From Menace to Mediator

Reforms currently underway in Myanmar are often viewed as a thinly veiled attempt at disguising the military rule in its latest incarnation. While the military has moved away from tight control of the country’s...