Burma

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Myanmar’s Rohingya: The Roots of a Tragedy

Ethnic violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state continues to keep the region’s Rohingya Muslim populations in a state of fear and misery. Since clashes between the Rohingya and Rakhine Buddhist populations broke out...
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Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires

One of the decade’s most fanciful searches – of a buried trove of World War II British Spitfire aircraft thought to be buried in Burma – looks likely to come to an unsuccessful end in October, with monsoon rain...
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Ethnic Violence Spreads in Myanmar

Myanmar’s worsening ethnic tensions show no sign of abating, with rioting continuing in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-biggest city, on Wednesday night, leaving at least two people dead. One Buddhist man and one...
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NGOs Face Danger in Aid to Myanmar’s Rohingya

Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pend...
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New Hurdles for Myanmar’s Already Hobbled Press

Last month, press freedom in Burma suffered a setback when the government detained reporters and editors from the Unity Journal, a local publication that ran a story about an alleged secret chemical weapons pla...
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Chin Refugees’ Indian Dilemma

Expatriate refugees from the poverty-stricken nation of Myanmar have begun filtering back, partly as their country of origin has democratized and more ominously because they are feeling the heat from host count...
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Burma’s Ill-starred Mortality Rate

At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of the worst in the region, according to a recent United Nations Population Fund report. This number has been halved since 1990, b...
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Western Money and Social Dilemmas in Myanmar

Myanmar seems to be making efforts to improve its image on the international scene before the year ends. This week, the Ministry of Information announced that the BBC, along with three other international news ...
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Myanmar’s infant mortality woes

Three years into Myanmar’s new existence as an open country, the scars from decades behind the bamboo wall continue to emerge, in areas such as prenatal care and childhood health, where attention and funding ha...
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Burma Tries Again To Salvage its Great Bell

In 1606, an audacious Portuguese explorer and mercenary named Filipe De Brito e Nicote, who established temporary Portuguese rule in Burma, stole the biggest bell on earth from the fabled Shwedagon Pagoda in wh...