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Gruesome New Details on The Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar No One Is Talking About

It’s a U.N. report U.N. officials themselves call revolting and unbearable. Myanmar’s security forces killed, gang-raped, and tortured hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in a wave of unprecedented violence, according to a new U.N. report released Friday. Victims included children and babies as young as eight months.

In recent months, Myanmar security forces stepped up their efforts to clear the ethnic group from the country’s borders — in a campaign of “area clearance operations” — to historic levels in terms of both scale and brutality.

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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Asia

 

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The Mekong 

GUO, the driver, pulls his car to a merciful halt high above a crevasse: time for a cigarette, and after seven hours of shuddering along narrow, twisting roads, time for his passengers to check that their fillings remain in place. Lighting up, he steps out of the car and dons a cloth cap and jacket: sunny, early-summer days are still brisk 3,500 metres above sea level. Mr Guo is an impish little dumpling of a man, bald, brown-toothed and jolly. He is also an anomaly: a Shanghainese in northern Yunnan who opted to stay with his local bride rather than return to his booming hometown.
http://www.economist.com/news/essays/21689225-can-one-world-s-great-waterways-survive-its-development

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Asia

 

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Myanmar’s Experiment

Yangon is suddenly a city of phablets. Nowhere in Asia, let alone Europe, have I seen so many supersized smartphones in public spaces, and with such egalitarian appeal: Pavement vendors selling early 20th century British guides to English grammar seem as transfixed by them as Yangon’s smart set playing Pokemon Go.

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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Asia

 

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Myanmar’s tryst with democracy

http://series.fountainink.in/myanmar-tryst-with-democracy/

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2016 in Asia

 

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Suu Kyi’s proxy: who will be Myanmar’s next president?

Myanmar’s parliament meets Thursday to put forward presidential candidates, some four months after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept landmark elections.

Under the country’s complex junta-drafted constitution, three names will be put forward but the NLD’s candidate will almost certainly be the winner.

http://mizzima.com/latest-news-politics-news-domestic/suu-kyi%E2%80%99s-proxy-who-will-be-myanmar%E2%80%99s-next-president

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2016 in Asia

 

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The great jade heist and the quiet theft of Burma’s billions

A report just released by Global Witness illuminates the staggering theft of billions of dollars worth of jade revenue by a nexus of military and business tycoons, and drug lords, that have long dominated Burma’s legal and illegal economies. The vast majority of Burmese jade goes to China, yet around 50 to 80 percent of this is smuggled illicitly over the border. In effect then, only around a third to a half of the entire revenue from jade, or $12.3 billion, ends up in state coffers — the remaining $20 billion or so is sold off illegally. Rather than contributing to public spending, it goes straight into the pockets of dominant figures in this nexus, and helps sustain their position as key power brokers in Burma.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/10/the-quiet-theft-of-burmas-billions/

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Asia

 

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Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

Writing in the New York Times in an article entitled, “Myanmar Generals Set the State for Their Own Exit”, Thomas Fuller expressed his and the media’s failure to recognize the total fraud that is Burmese democracy.

“The official results are still being tabulated,” he wrote, “but all signs, so far, point to that rarest of things: an authoritarian government peacefully giving up power after what outside election monitors have deemed a credible vote.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/19/rohingya-and-the-burmese-generals-how-to-forge-a-democracy-and-get-away-with-it/

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in Asia

 

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Myanmar’s decision is clear. But will the military let Aung San Suu Kyi govern?

The last time Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide election victory, the army generals who rule Myanmar rejected the result, placed her under house arrest and jailed thousands of her supporters, many of whom were brutally tortured.

That was in 1990. But 25 years later, with “Amay Suu” (Mother Suu) and her National League for Democracy (NLD) once again triumphant, the key question is whether the men in uniform will accept the people’s verdict and allow her to govern.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/09/myanmar-election-result-military-aung-san-suu-kyi-govern-analysis

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Asia

 

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A nation in a chrysalis

Paranoia surrounding security isn’t palpable in Yangon. Passing the immigration counter at Yangon international airport, and with it the completely unfounded fear of being deported on arrival, I reach the Telenor counter for a SIM card. I am ready with my photo and ID-proof documents, but all that the teenaged boy at the counter takes is 15,000 kyats, my phone to set up the new connection, and 5 minutes: he is deft at this. No paperwork at all and I have a new number and 3G access to the world once again. Surprised and amused, I think of the cumbersomeness of the same task back home.

http://www.thehindu.com/thread/politics-and-policy/article7803322.ece

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Asia

 

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Aung San Suu Kyi vows to lead Myanmar if her party wins election

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, has said she plans to lead the country if her party triumphs in forthcoming parliamentary elections despite a ban on her serving as president, indicating there will be a fierce post-poll battle with the country’s entrenched military rulers.

Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to win the polls, but Aung San Suu Kyi, who received the Nobel peace prize in 1991, is barred from the presidency due to a constitutional provision that excludes those with foreign children from the office.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/07/aung-san-suu-kyi-vows-to-lead-myanmar-if-her-party-wins-election

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Asia

 

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