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China Foments Trouble on Myanmar’s Border

Last year it was the South China Sea and the contiguous waters of Vietnam and the Philippines which were the focus of Chinese hegemonist instincts. Those issues have quieted down for the time being as China has...
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Drug Resistant Malaria in West Myanmar

Concern is rising in western Myanmar over the possibility that malaria has mutated and is now immune to the antimalarial drug artemisinin, the frontline treatment against the disease. In an article carried in ...
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Myanmar’s Ethnic Stew Will Determine Its Future

Myanmar’s presidential elections, set to take place towards the end of this year, will be crucial in determining the country’s ultimate direction. Yet, in many ways, what matters for the future of a unified country depends on what happens in its ethnic areas. ...
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Myanmar’s Reform Roller Coaster

The trials, tribulations and recent relative triumph of the international health charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Myanmar are a salutary reminder that the Southeast Asian nation’s much heralded transition fr...
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Myanmar’s Military Still Hold the Purse Strings

The release of the official list of Myanmar’s 1,000 top taxpayers for 2013-2014 shows the wealthiest are still overwhelmingly tied to the old guard of military cronyism and elite government corruption. Many are...
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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 in 2012, more than 100,000 Rohingya have fled the...
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Burmese Reporter Dies in Army Hands

Concern is growing about an increasing war on the press and human rights activists by Burmese authorities after Aung Kyaw Naing, a freelance journalist covering clashes between ethnic rebel and government force...
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Burma’s Failed Promise

Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political reforms in 2011 and released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, is in depressing danger of failu...
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High Stakes in Myanmar’s Peace Process

The Myanmar government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.  The governmen...
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Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyo...