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  • Burma President takes an unwise political stance

    By Aug 21, 2013

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    President Thein Sein addresses at Nay Pyi Taw Council Area Rural Development and Socioeconomic Improvement Meeting held on 19 August 2013.(Photo: President Office Website)

    Burma’s President Thein Sein, Chairman of the Planning Commission, said that his government recognizes political reforms are essential to create development of economic reforms during ‘The third Planning Commission Meeting’ continued for a second day on 27 December at the Government Meeting Hall in the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw. He said his government has attempted

  • Opinion: Burma’s draft media law reflects the government’s reform

    By Aug 19, 2013

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    Several journalists, along with the Committee For Freedom of Press (Myanmar) gathered at a media workshop at the Yuzana Garden Hotel in Yangon on 12 March calling on the government to revoke the draft Printing and Publishing Bill. (Photo: Committee For Freedom of Press (Myanmar) FB)

    Press freedom in Burma (Myanmar) is still in the midst of an uncertain circumstance. Since the majority of media personnel rejected the formation of the Core Press Council, the interim press council was a compromise between the information ministry and defiant journalists. Even though interim press council was formed on 17 September 2012 in Rangoon

  • Burma: Student rebels reach 12-point agreement with government

    By Aug 11, 2013

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    All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) delegation attend peace talks on 10 August 2013 at Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) in Yangon.(Photo: Nyo Ohn Myint’s Facebook)

    The union-level peace talks between  theUnion Peace-making Work Committee and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) were held at Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) in Yangon over the weekend. During the meeting, Vice-Chairman of Union Peace-making Work Committee Union Minister Aung Min said that peace talks are being held because of a new political setting

  • Opinion: Burma’s president must apologize for 1988 killings

    By Aug 08, 2013

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    Opinion: Burma’s president must apologize for 1988 killings

    On Thursday Burmese people around the country commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the 1988 People’s Democracy Revolution. In the past, no remembrances were allowed to mark the 8888 anniversary in Burma, and this year heavy police security was be seen in big cities, especially in Rangoon (Yangon) around Shwedagon Pagoda. The uprising was violently suppressed

  • Analysis: Can Burma find a solution for its constitutional dilemma?

    By Aug 04, 2013

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    The current 2008 Constitution practiced by current government is not accepted, as it is devoid of democratic essence and not in accordance with the principles of federalism, Khun Okkar, spokesman of the UNFC said at the press conference on 2 August in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  (Photo: Saw Tun Lin-KIC)

    Burma’s quasi-civilian government headed by President Thein Sein has declared itself as a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. Now, it has to meet head-on a major challenge in order to show its true color concerning constitutional revision which has been calling by various oppositions. As demands for constitutional amendment increasey, the

  • UK Parliament Speaker John Bercow leads Burma delegation

    By Jul 31, 2013

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    President U Thein Sein receives a British delegation led by Speaker of the House of Commons, UK Parliament Mr. John Bercow and party at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 30 July 2013. (Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm/en)

    Burma’s President Thein Sein received a British delegation led by Speaker of the House of Commons, UK Parliament Mr. John Bercow and party at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on Tuesday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said today. The British Speaker of the House of Commons was accompanied by

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