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As Lines Form for Water, Burma Pins Hopes on Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎6 hours ago‎
The arrival of Aung San Suu Kyi's government on April 1 opened a new chapter in Burma. The Nobel Peace laureate heads the first civilian government after a half-century of military control, meaning the people have great expectations and the democracy ...

Burmese cardinal thanks Western Christians for support during oppression

Catholic Herald Online - ‎7 hours ago‎
Burma's first cardinal has thanked the Christians of the West for helping to bring democracy to his country. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon said the Catholic Church was “at the forefront” of supporting the people of Burma, during a dictatorship ...

Civilians Beaten by Burma Army Soldiers: Sources

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎8 hours ago‎
Two civilians have claimed they were beaten by Burma Army troops under the suspicion of being Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State.

Six Months in Prison for a Burmese Poet Charged With Online Defamation

The Atlantic - ‎May 24, 2016‎
A court in Burma found a 24-year-old poet guilty Tuesday of online defamation and sentenced him to six months in prison for a poem he wrote in October that claimed he'd tattooed a picture of the country's then-president on his penis.

Doctor Wins 'Citizen of Burma' Award

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎May 24, 2016‎
RANGOON - Dr. Than Min Htut, a medical doctor who provides health care and promotes reproductive health access in villages in rural Shan State, has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Citizen of Burma Award. The award, given by members of ...

EU and US Sanctions Updates on Burma/Myanmar

The National Law Review - ‎1 hour ago‎
EU renews its sanctions on Burma/Myanmar until 30 April 2017. These measures impose an embargo on providing Burma/Myanmar with arms and goods that might be used for internal repression.

Permanent memorial to Thurrock branch of Burma Star association unveiled

YOURTHUROCK - ‎2 hours ago‎
AROUND a hundred people gathered in Orsett on Monday (23 May) to witness the unveiling of a permanent memorial to the Thurrock branch of the Burma Star Association. Attendees at the event at the Rose Garden in Wingfield Drive were welcomed by ...
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Eleven killed in landslide at Burma jade mine

The Times (subscription) - ‎May 24, 2016‎
At least 11 people have been killed by a landslide in a jade mine in northern Burma and many more are feared missing. Rescue workers are searching for bodies after a wall of unstable earth collapsed during a downpour on Monday night in Hpakant, Kachin ...

US Further Eases Burma Sanctions

Lexology (registration) - ‎May 23, 2016‎
In response to Burma's peaceful and competitive elections in November 2015, on May 18, 2016, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased U.S.
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This Is Not the Time to Ease Up on Burma

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎May 19, 2016‎
U.S. business leaders were quick to seize on this progress and pressed President Obama to lift all remaining sanctions on the country, which would have enabled U.S.
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Burma's Democratic Transition Isn't Enough to Get Most US Sanctions Lifted

TIME - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Headlines coming out of Burma have been largely positive this year, with the country's first democratically elected government in decades taking the reins in late March following a sweeping election victory in November.
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Burma Army Accused of Killing, Burning Bodies of Shan Villagers

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎May 23, 2016‎
RANGOON - According to Kachin and Shan community leaders, the Burma Army is responsible for killing and burning the bodies of several villagers in northern Shan State.

Trump, zombies and dictators: impressions from a Burmese internship

News@UofT - ‎May 24, 2016‎
“The world has perished in the zombie apocalypse except for Donald Trump and 10 Burmese dictators. Together they conspire to build an extravagant South East Asian paradise with lavish hotels and 20 lane highways for just the 11 of them: the end result ...

Burma Sanctions Continue to Sunset

Lexology (registration) - ‎May 22, 2016‎
Yesterday the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to broaden the scope of permissible trade with Burma. The Burma regulations, which have been amended piecemeal rather than simply re-issued, remain ...

Myanmar: Burma Army Accused of Killing, Burning Bodies of Shan Villagers

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact - ‎13 hours ago‎
Sai Tun Win, a state lawmaker with the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), said that on a recent visit to the Kyaukme area, he found at least eight burned corpses and that local Shan people had accused the Burma Army of the killings.
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Former NZ freezing worker now vice-president of Burma

NZ Catholic - ‎14 hours ago‎
Henry Van Thio, who lived in Dunedin from 2011 until last year, has been sworn in as second vice-president in a historic moment for Myanmar (Burma).Only two years before his swearing in, he was working at Silver Fern Farms' Finegand freezing works, ...

Harrowing scenes of drug addiction in the mountains between China and Burma

Washington Post - ‎May 17, 2016‎
In the mountains between China and Burma, the Kachin, an ethnic group, are drowning in one of the world's worst heroin crises.
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Earn sanctions' end, Kerry tells Burma

Arkansas Online - ‎May 23, 2016‎
NAYPYITAW, Burma -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Burma's new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further overhauls to enshrine free markets, development and ...
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Taylor High News: S2 meet Cardinal Charles Maung Bo from Burma

Scottish Daily Record - ‎May 19, 2016‎
A group of second years met with Cardinal Bo from Burma who was visiting Scotland as part of a trip organised by Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
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Burma's cardinal: after decades of Calvary we are entering a season of hope

Catholic Herald Online - ‎May 13, 2016‎
After decades of suffering, Burma is entering a “season of hope”, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has said. During a Mass at Westminster Cathedral Burma's first ever cardinal compared the recent history of his country to Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost.
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