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Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

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

By Mon, May 19, 2014 12:09PM UTC 1 Comment Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

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 Journalists protest demanding 'Stop Killing Press' on 5 August 2012, in Rangoon, Burma. (Pic: AP)

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 Pic: AP.

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 Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks as she asks a question during a regular session of parliament. Pic: AP.

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 In this photo taken on Dec. 7, 2009, the Irrawaddy River runs through Kachin State, northern Burma. The country's President Thein Sein called Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 for a halt to construction of a controversial Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam on the river in the state (Photo: Khin Maung Win / AP)

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...

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