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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... Read More...
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Yangon Lights Up

On the industrial outskirts of Yangon, a rusted chimney exhales wisps of white smoke as a three-decade-old gas-fired power station chunters on. Just meters away on the same compound in Thaketa Township, a low m... Read More...
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Myanmar Bans Foreign Fishing From Its Waters

With foreign fishing boats taking an estimated 100 times as many catch as locals do, Myanmar has banned all foreign fishing vessels from its waters effective at the first of April, according to an official from the Myanmar Fishery Federation. “Fish and othe... Read More...
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Myanmar Stop-Go on Free Press

Last week Myanmar hosted a travelling circus of academics in Yangon for a “Challenges of a Free Press” conference organized by the East-West Center in Hawaii. Established by the US Congress in 1960 for policy s... Read More...
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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 countries like Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia... Read More...
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Burma Development at Risk From Thai Crisis

The political crisis gripping Thailand is jeopardizing key economic infrastructure developments and other potential investment in Burma, reports warn. The crisis has all but paralyzed Bangkok government and ... Read More...
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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... Read More...
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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 agencies, had been given official permission to op... Read More...