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Why we need to worry about Burma’s extremist Ma Ba Tha monks

By Thu, Jul 30, 2015 8:34PM UTC 0 Comment

One of the most concerning developments in any nascent democracy is the institutionalisation and mainstreaming of extremist ideologies. Countries undergoing political transitions are perhaps most susceptible to this, given that the conditions of early democratization — the jockeying of groups for power at a time when institutions are too weak to constrain those forces—are ripe for mass ideologies to take hold and proliferate. ...

Burma pardons almost 7,000 prisoners on Buddhist holiday

By Thu, Jul 30, 2015 3:59PM UTC 0 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Burma, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons....

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi to contest November election

By Wed, Jul 29, 2015 5:59PM UTC 0 Comment

THANLYIN, Burma (AP) — Burma's democracy leader and lawmaker Aung San Suu Kyi has registered for a seat in November elections....

Chiang Mai conference highlights ‘academic activism’ in Burma

By Wed, Jul 29, 2015 3:51PM UTC 0 Comment

Academics, students and activists from Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and around the world were among those who attended the first Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies at Chiang Mai University from 24 to 26 July....

Report: Burmese human rights workers are under threat

By Fri, Jul 24, 2015 12:52PM UTC 0 Comment

BANGKOK (AP) — A new report says human rights workers in Burma face threats to their security when working despite moves toward political reform since military rule gave way to an elected government four years ago....