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

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...

Burma Army leaders call for annihilation of ethnic rebels in Shan State

By Fri, Aug 30, 2013 5:35PM UTC 2 Comments Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes during Myanmar’s 68th anniversary celebrations of Armed Forces Day, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Speaking to thousands of troops at the annual Armed Forces Day celebration, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the military must strengthen its capabilities with modern weaponry and training. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

The Burmese Army had suffered more than 1,000 casualties from September-December 2012, while fighting against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), a number the Shan Herald Agency for News reported based on a report leaked from the Burma Army’s Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command (NERC). As indicated by Shan News, the information was an excerpt from a...

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