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Burma’s ethnic conflicts: A mission without an answer?

By Mon, May 19, 2014 12:09PM UTC 2 Comments

Another round of talks between the Burmese government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has ended withou progress. A delegation of KIO led by Sumlut Gam and Maj-Gen Sumlut Gun Maw had their counterparts from government on May 13  in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state. The government’s side was led by Minister U Aung...

Burma: Is public service media a tool of government?

By Mon, Mar 24, 2014 11:07AM UTC 1 Comment

Burma is to start transforming its state-run media into a public service media with a strategy of trimming down the information gap amongst its citizens. Minister of Information U Aung Kyi said a bill had been submitted to the parliament’s Lower House for endorsement, Xinhua news agency reported referring to the state-run media. “The bill...

Analysis: Burma’s natural resources curse

By Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:31PM UTC Comments Off on Analysis: Burma’s natural resources curse

Wealth of oil, gas and mineral resources lies at the heart of continuing civil and economic strife in Burma Burma (Myanmar) is one of Southeast Asia’s most natural resource-rich countries. It earns billions of dollars yearly exporting natural resources such as oil and gas, teak, gems, and minerals. Sending natural gas overseas is the country’s...

Is Burma in the midst of constitutional Catch 22?

By Wed, Oct 09, 2013 3:08PM UTC 1 Comment

Burma’s seemingly civilian government headed by President U Thein Sein has declared itself as a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. Now, these claims are being put to the test as it comes under increasing pressure to revise the constitution. As demands for constitutional amendment increase, the Union Parliament of Myanmar (Burma)...

Burma: Will the Myitsone Dam project resume?

By Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:45AM UTC 1 Comment

The resumption of the Myitsone hydropower dam project could get the go ahead after Burmese and Chinese leaders urged greater cooperation on the sidelines of the 10th ASEAN-China Expo. During a meeting with Burmese President U Thein Sein on September 3 in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang...