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  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • Thailand’s rampant trafficking may carry price (slave labor)

    06/13/2014 2:10:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT | Margie Mason
    He was too sick to eat, and Min Min Chan’s chest ached with each breath he sucked. It didn’t matter: The Thai captain warned him to get back on deck and start hauling fish onto the trawler or be tossed overboard. As a 17-year-old slave stuck in the middle of the sea, he knew no one would come looking if he simply vanished. Less than a month earlier, Chan had left Myanmar for neighboring Thailand, looking for work. Instead, he said a broker tricked and sold him onto the fishing boat for $616. He ended up far away in Indonesian...
  • Myanmar land grab victims turn to black magic

    05/24/2014 1:26:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2014 1:36 AM EDT | Aye Aye Win
    Victims of land grabs in Myanmar have eagerly tested new-found freedoms by protesting and sending petitions to the president and parliament, to no avail. Now some are turning to old ways: Curses and black magic. Coffins marked with the names of those who seized property have been set ablaze. In rugged central regions of the country, aggrieved villagers have prayed for mountain gods to unleash their wrath. […] Land seizures by the military, the government and private companies linked to junta cronies have long been commonplace in this Southeast Asian country, whether for development or the extraction of natural resources....
  • Obama: Myanmar won’t succeed if Muslims are oppressed

    05/03/2014 7:51:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:05am EDT | Matt Spetalnick
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the rights of Myanmar’s minority Muslim population were not being fully protected and warned that the Southeast Asian country would not succeed if Muslims there were oppressed. On a visit to Malaysia, Obama praised political reforms under way in once-isolated Myanmar, but said the danger of democratization was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts and that such developments could move Myanmar in a bad direction. …
  • Searchers dismiss possibility wreckage in Bay of Bengal is from MH370

    04/29/2014 7:07:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Reuters
    A private company said it had found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the Bay of Bengal that should be investigated as potential debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, but the possibility was dismissed by search coordinators. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) managing the multinational search for the missing plane said it continued to believe that the plane came down in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia. The Bay of Bengal is located between India and Myanmar, thousands of miles from the current search area. The wreckage was reported by Australian geophysical survey company GeoResonance.......
  • Fossil Hints At Primate Origins (Out-Of-Asia?)

    10/29/2003 7:44:16 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 486+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-29-2003 | PNAS
    Fossil hints at primate origins The bone is just over a centimetre long An ankle bone discovered in central Burma could be evidence of an ancient ancestor common to many of today's primates, including humans. The 45-million-year-old fossil has features that link it to all of the anthropoids, the grouping of human-like species such as apes and monkeys. If correct, this would tie their line of evolutionary descent to Asia and not Africa as some have suggested. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The PNAS journal presents a paper on the discovery by Laurent...
  • 50-tonne jade boulder found in Myanmar

    02/22/2014 9:59:44 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:36 February 22, 2014
    London: A giant jade boulder that could be worth billions of pounds has been discovered in Burma. The 50-tonne block was found half buried in soil and rock in the gem-rich north of the country. Villagers discovered the 5.5 metre-wide boulder in the mountainous state of Kachin, where rebels have been fighting the government for more than 50 years. It is now under armed guard as officials negotiate with rebels about what to do with it. Burma, also known as Myanmar, is one of the world’s biggest producers of precious stones. Jade expert Jason Holt, of Holts Jewellers in Hatton...
  • UN: Myanmar Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims

    01/24/2014 8:48:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM EST | Robin McDowell
    The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, violence that has been vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago. Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said he “strongly objects” to the U.N. claims and called its information and figures “totally wrong.” A statement issued Friday by Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said accounts of the events issued by news organizations and international agencies were “based on unjustified conclusions drawing from...
  • Myanmar denies Buddhist mob kills Muslim villagers

    01/17/2014 7:27:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 8:32 PM EST | Robin McDowell
    Myanmar’s government denied that security forces and a Buddhist mob attacked a village in an isolated corner of the country this past week and killed Muslim women and children. A rights group said more than a dozen people may have died and that hundreds of people have fled their homes. The United States and Britain called on the government to investigate and to hold those responsible accountable. “We have had no information about killings,” Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut told reporters Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan. …
  • Group: Myanmar mob kills more than a dozen Muslims

    01/16/2014 7:25:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 9:01 AM EST | Robin McDowell
    A villager and a rights group say a Buddhist mob has killed more than a dozen Muslim women and children in an isolated corner of Myanmar. […] Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which has been documenting abuses against members of the Rohinyga Muslim minority for more than a decade, said the violence took place Tuesday in Du Char Yar Tan, a village in northern Rakhine state. …
  • China's Back-Door Natural Gas Supply

    10/26/2013 8:35:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | Thu, 24 October 2013 14:07 | By Dave Forest
    One of the most critical changes in global energy flows happened this week. China inaugurated a 2,500 kilometre pipe to carry natural gas and oil from the Indian Ocean across Myanmar in southeast Asia and into southwest Yunnan province. The gas portion of the line became fully operational this week. The line is expected to carry over 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into China. The twin oil line is expected to follow. This massive development has several key implications for the global energy balance. Myanmar's significant offshore natural gas reserves (and growing production) now have a "go-to"...
  • Myanmar-to-China gas pipeline fully open

    10/20/2013 9:12:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 10/21/2013 | AFP
    A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational, state-run Chinese media said on Monday. BEIJING: A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational, state-run Chinese media said on Monday. The project, stretching more than 2,500 kilometres from western Myanmar to southwest China, will help the world's second-largest economy feed its growing energy needs. It comes as close political ties between the two nations have weakened, after Myanmar's quasi-civilian regime took office in 2011 and brought in sweeping reforms that have led to the scrapping of most Western sanctions....
  • India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria on slavery's list of shame, says report

    10/17/2013 3:34:54 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-17-2013 | Tim Hume
    Hong Kong (CNN) -- A new report claiming to be the most comprehensive look at global slavery says 30 million people are living as slaves around the world. The Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million). The top 10 countries on its list of shame accounted for more than three quarters of the 29.8 million people living in slavery, with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh...
  • Small bomb explosion injures one foreigner in Myanmar Yangon

    10/14/2013 10:59:35 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 10/15/2013 | Yan
    YANGON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- A small bomb explosion in Myanmar's Yangon, injured one foeigner at midnight, Local witnesses said on Tuesday. The blast occurred in the ninth floor of the Traders Hotel at about 11:30 midnight (local time) on Monday, witnesses added. Currently, many media reporters have arrived this hotel, but police have not provided further information. A small bomb explosion in Thakayta, Myanmar's Yangon, injured two children Sunday evening. Another minor one occurred with a roadside bus stop kiosk in Yangon's Insein township without casualties on last Saturday midnight.
  • Myanmar Muslims hide amid deadly sectarian clashes

    10/03/2013 1:34:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 2, 2013 11:33 PM EDT | Khin Maung Win and Robin McDowell
    Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar a day after fleeing renewed sectarian violence that killed at least five people even as the president toured the divided region for the first time. The violence underscored the government’s failure to stop the unrest from spreading since it erupted last year, costing hundreds of people their lives and many thousands their homes. Tuesday’s unrest near the coastal town of Thandwe saw Buddhist mobs kill a 94-year-old woman and four other Muslims and burn dozens of homes. …
  • Myanmar's Jade Trade, A Lucrative But Deadly, HIV-ridden Industry

    09/28/2013 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 27 2013 4:00 PM | Sophie Song
    Myanmar is the world’s primary source of top-grade jade, but the jade mining industry in the Southeast Asian nation remains mired in a humanitarian catastrophe two years after the reform government took over control -- tens of thousands of workers are exploited and heroin is abused on an unprecedented scale, creating the world’s largest HIV-infected community. ... For less than the price of a beer, an injectionist administers the drug directly into the vein of a miner, delivering as many as 800 separate injections from the same dirty needle. Large quantities of the drug are provided by the mine owners,...
  • Syrian Rebels Now Picking a Fight with China

    09/14/2013 7:31:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    FrontpageNews ^ | 09/14/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    China doesn’t have the same record of killing foreign enemies overseas that Russia does. But it has a large enough overseas network and piles of cash that it could get the job done if it needed to. Just ask Naw Kham what happened after the Mekong River Massacre. The bodies of the Chinese, the crew of two cargo boats, were found badly mutilated on the Thai side of the river in early October 2011. The killings, the worst slaughter of Chinese citizens abroad in recent memory, angered the Chinese public. Chinese investigators insist that Mr. Naw Kham was the mastermind...
  • Hundreds of Muslims in western Myanmar relocated

    08/24/2013 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
    Hundreds of Muslims trapped in ghetto-like conditions in western Myanmar after their homes were torched by Buddhist mobs last year were moved Saturday to a camp for internally displaced people, officials said. Government spokesman Win Myaing said the relocation from Aung Mingalar quarter in Sittwe township was voluntary. But one well-known activist said many of the families were worried their conditions would go from bad to worse once they left. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country of 60 million, has been gripped by religious violence since military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government. …
  • Protestors march against TIME

    07/06/2013 7:31:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    Myanmar Times ^ | 02 July 2013 | Kayleigh Long
    Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to TIME magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. Protestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh LongProtestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh Long Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to Time magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. A crowd of several hundred sporting banners, placards and Buddhist flags participated in the march from near Sule Pagoda in Yangon, protesting TIME magazine's cover...
  • Myanmar monk lashes out at Time magazine

    06/21/2013 5:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 8:05 AM EDT
    Upon seeing his photo splashed across the cover of Time magazine with the words “Face of Buddhist Terror,” Myanmar’s most-talked-about monk was unfazed, saying no amount of bad publicity could hurt him. The 46-year-old is accustomed to—even flattered by—the foreign reporters who steadily parade through his monastery in the city of Mandalay to ask about religious violence that has swept his predominantly Buddhist nation in the last year—fueled in no small part by his anti-Muslim rhetoric. …
  • Radical Buddhism Ascendant in Myanmar

    06/20/2013 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2013 | Adam Dean
    After a ritual prayer atoning for past sins, Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk with a rock-star following in Myanmar, sat before an overflowing crowd of thousands of followers and launched into a rant against what he called the “enemy” — the country’s Muslim minority. Ashin Wirathu denies any role in riots in which Buddhist mobs have killed more than 200 Muslims and forced more than 150,000 people, mostly Muslims, from their homes. But his critics say that at the very least his anti-Muslim preaching is helping to inspire the violence.
  • Myanmar: Saudi Arabia is responsible for the jihad against Rakhine Buddhists

    05/30/2013 6:50:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    sheikyermami.com ^ | 5/31/13 | sheikyermami
    The Muslim Issue presents truth to power: Did Buddhists invade Muslim land or did Muslims force themselves, like always, on the Buddhists of Myanmar? Why are they refusing to leave? Remember the rules of the game: while Muslims slaughter, attack, invade and force their ugly fascist ideology on innocent people – they are always the victims. Be it in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, Kosovo, etc. etc. the scenario is always the same. There never exist any responsibility or consciousness for personal conduct within the Muslim community. Islam is an ideology based on...
  • Buddhist Mobs Attack Muslim Homes in Myanmar

    05/29/2013 7:44:34 PM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 35 replies
    Rueters ^ | 05/29/13 | Jared Ferrie
    Tuesday's unrest in Lashio was sparked by a quarrel between two people, named by state media as Aye Aye Win, 24, a Buddhist woman who sold petrol, and Ne Win, a Muslim man aged 48. MRTV television said Ne Win poured petrol over Aye Aye Win and set her on fire. She was in hospital, it said. After police detained Ne Win, Buddhists surrounded the police station and demanded he be handed over. When they refused, the crowd went on the rampage, attacking Myoma Mosque near Lashio market, residents said.
  • Nazi Chic in the New Myanmar

    01/14/2013 2:29:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 1/10/2012 | Julie Masis
    Visitors to Myanmar these days often encounter young men in T-shirts emblazoned with a red swastika in a circle and the word "Nazi" written above. World War II-style motorcycle helmets decorated with the fascist emblem are also en vogue on the streets of Yangon. Myanmar's most popular rock band, which has thousands of fans on Facebook and has toured the United States, is named "The Iron Cross," in reference to a German military medal that was bestowed by Adolf Hitler. The band's logo is a Nazi eagle holding an iron cross instead of a swastika in its claws. The popularity...
  • Obama, Suu Kyi And The Forbidden Kiss ("grave breach of custom")

    11/19/2012 2:07:02 PM PST · by Arthurio · 70 replies
    As Barack Obama appeared in the home of Myanmar pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, the U.S. president planted a platonic, but very affectionate, kiss on her cheek (to which she appeared to slightly recoil in embarrassment). This act has surprisingly elicited little or no comment in the global press thus far – quite unusual since public displays of affection represent a grave breach of custom in virtually all Asian countries. Obama likely did not mean to offend his Burmese hosts, however, as a well-travelled man of the world, he must have known that a kiss – especially...
  • Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage

    11/19/2012 10:24:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: November 19th, 2012 Barack Obama: hardly off to a flying start It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every...
  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    11/08/2012 11:54:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/8/12 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Asian nations later this month. The White House says Obama will also visit Thailand. The trip comes less than two weeks after Obama's re-election. Obama's trip to Myanmar marks the culmination of a dramatic turnaround in the country's relations with Washington. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has shifted from five decades of ruinous military rule and shaken off the pariah status it had earned through its bloody suppression of democracy. The president has suspended sanctions to reward
  • Islamic militants take aim at Myanmar

    07/26/2012 9:58:48 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 7 replies
    After decades of isolation under military rule, Myanmar is opening to foreign investment and forms of democracy for the first time in a generation. The reform process, however, is now being attended by unanticipated consequences and influences, both internally and from abroad, that could undermine the country's new trend towards openness. Recent sectarian fighting between Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine State has caught the attention of militant Islamists in South and Southeast Asia. Since May, the amount of jihadi propaganda directed towards Myanmar, a country previously unknown in the world of jihadi antagonists, has surged...
  • Myanmar claims 'Jamaat link' [Jihadists 'helping' Muslims Vs Buddhists clashes in Burma]

    06/18/2012 7:29:30 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    TheDailyStar ^ | June 15, 2012
    Myanmar claims 'Jamaat link' Friday, June 15, 2012 Front Page Sectarian Clash Dipu Moni tells JS Staff Correspondent The Myanmar government has conveyed its anxiety to the Bangladesh mission there that the Jamaat-e-Islami had been helping the Rohingya groups in Bangladesh with arms to incite sectarian clashes in Myanmar. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said this in a statement in parliament yesterday. “For the sake of its national security, Bangladesh will not allow any more Rohingya in,” she said. Referring to appeals from different human rights bodies and non-government organisations to allow the Rohingyas to enter Bangladesh, Dipu Moni said Dhaka...
  • Internet Unshackled, Burmese Aim Venom at ethnic {Moslem} minority

    06/17/2012 6:25:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Jun 2012 | Tom Fuller
    ..as the poverty-stricken country of 55 million makes a delicate transition to democracy, hateful comments are also flourishing online about a Muslim ethnic group, the Rohingya, that is embroiled in sectarian clashes in western Myanmar that have left more than two dozen people dead. ..In online forums, Rohingya are referred to as dogs, thieves, terrorists and various expletives. Commenters urge the government to “make them disappear” and seem particularly enraged that Western countries and the United Nations are highlighting their plight. ..the government of President Thein Sein tries to steer the country toward reconciliation between the military and the people,...
  • Buddhist vigilantes kill 9 Muslims in Myanmar violence

    06/04/2012 2:06:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 4, 2012 4:45am EDT | Aung Hla Tun
    Buddhist vigilantes in western Myanmar attacked a passenger bus and killed nine Muslims, police said on Monday, the deadliest communal violence in the tense region since a reformist government took power a year ago. The bus was besieged near Taunggoke town in the western state of Rakhine on Sunday evening by a group who blamed some of its passengers for the murder of a Buddhist woman a week ago, said local residents and politicians. One of those killed was travelling in a separate car. Rakhine is home to Myanmar's largest concentration of Muslims, but their presence is often resented by...
  • Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms

    05/02/2012 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    TimesOfIsrael ^ | May 1, 2012 | Hillary Zaken and AP
    Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms Freedom House Report: Israel maintains 'free' status, though just barely By Hillary Zaken and AP May 1, 2012, 12:07Global media freedom showed no overall decline for the first time in eight years, according to Freedom House's annual survey of freedom of the press, released Tuesday. Israel was ranked the only Free country in the Middle East and North Africa, with a rating of 30.The rating ties it with Greece and makes it the 65th most free country in the world for press freedoms.As decades-old authoritarian...
  • Suu Kyi's party claims landslide win in Myanmar vote

    04/02/2012 3:33:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi claimed on Monday a by-election landslide for her party, which she hoped would mark the beginning of a new era for Myanmar after a historic vote that could prompt the West to end sanctions. The charismatic Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who led the struggle against military rule in the former Burma for two decades, was one of 44 candidates her National League for Democracy Party (NLD) said won all but one of the legislative seats being contested. The by-elections followed a year of astonishing change for a country that was in...
  • Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi wins by-election: NLD party

    04/01/2012 2:44:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/1/12 | BBC
    Burma's Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a by-election for parliament, her party says, after a landmark vote that saw 45 seats contested. Ms Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said she had easily won in Kawhmu. Official results are not expected until later in the week. In a statement, she urged supporters to show restraint in their celebrations. The vote is a key test of political reforms, though the army and its allies dominate the 664-seat parliament. The NLD was competing in its first elections since 1990. 'Dignified' Thousands of people who gathered outside the...
  • Woman finds ancient artifact in baby shark

    02/27/2012 4:33:12 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 3+ views
    The Star (Myanmar) ^ | Wednesday February 22, 2012 | R.S.N. Murali
    MALACCA: A baby shark being prepared for lunch gave a family here a big surprise -- an ancient artifact believed to be dated long before the Portuguese conquest of Malacca. Housewife Suseela Menon, from Klebang, made the priceless discovery while filleting the fish for lunch. It is believed to be a medallion worn by the Portuguese soldiers, presumably as a divine protection, during their conquests in this part of the world in the 16th century. One side of the medallion is a profile of a woman's head with a crown and encircled by a halo and an inscription that is...
  • Burma and China: The Beginning of the End of Business as Usual?

    11/29/2011 11:45:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation China Brief ^ | 11/30/2011 | Ian Storey
    The introduction of a slew of economic reforms and political initiatives by the Burmese government in the second half of 2011 have significant implications for the carriage of Burmese foreign policy. Indeed, the surprise announcement in September suspending construction of a major Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam is an indication that China’s privileged place in the hierarchy of Burma’s foreign relations―a position it has greatly benefited from since the West shunned Burma in 1988—can no longer be taken for granted. Nevertheless, even as these changes unfold, the two neighbors will seek to maintain close and cordial relations in recognition of inescapable geographical...
  • Clinton vows aid to Myanmar if political reform continues

    12/01/2011 7:52:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | Clifford Coonan and Paul Richter
    YANGON, Myanmar — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during a landmark visit to Myanmar on Thursday that the U.S. would ease aid restrictions and consider further steps to improving relations with the country's autocratic rulers if they continued down a path of political and economic reform. Clinton described her meeting with Thein Sein, Myanmar's president, as "candid, productive," but cautioned that while the "measures already taken may be unprecedented and welcomed, they are just the beginning." She said Thein Sein told her during a private 45-minute meeting that he "hopes to build on" a flurry of political overhauls...
  • Obama: Clinton to travel to Myanmar

    11/17/2011 10:14:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov.18, 2011 | BEN FELLER
    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Detecting "flickers of progress" in the long-shunned nation of Myanmar, President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the repressed country next month, the first official in her position to visit in more than 50 years. "We want to seize what could be an historic opportunity for progress and make it clear that if Burma continues to travel down the road of democratic reform, it can forge a new relationship with the United States of America," Obama said Friday during his diplomatic mission to southeast Asia.
  • Source: Hundreds of N. Korean nuclear and missile experts working in Iran

    11/13/2011 4:54:46 PM PST · by Just4Him · 18 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 11/13/2011 | Kim Kwang-tae
    SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- Hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile experts have been collaborating with their Iranian counterparts in more than 10 locations across the Islamic state, a diplomatic source said Sunday. The revelation lends credence to long-held suspicions that North Korea was helping Iran with a secret nuclear and missile program. It also represents a new security challenge to the international community as it seeks to curb the nuclear ambitions of Pyongyang and Tehran, and thwart trading of nuclear and missile technology. North Korea has long been suspected of being behind nuclear and missile proliferation in Iran,...
  • ECRI Recession Watch: Growth Index Declines Further ("You Haven't Seen Anything Yet")

    10/07/2011 6:39:25 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    DShort.com ^ | 10-7-2011 | Doug Short
    ECRI Recession Watch: Growth Index Declines Further By Doug Short October 7, 2011 Last week, September 30th, the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) publicly announced that the U.S. is tipping into a recession, a call the Institute had announced to its private clients on September 21st. Early last week, ECRI notified clients that the U.S. economy is indeed tipping into a new recession. And there's nothing that policy makers can do to head it off. ECRI's recession call isn't based on just one or two leading indexes, but on dozens of specialized leading indexes, including the U.S. Long Leading Index,...
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets with new president

    08/19/2011 4:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Myanmar's government invited pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a meeting Friday with the new president, an official said, in the clearest step toward a political dialogue since she was released from house arrest in November.
  • Russia closing deal over 20 fighter jets (Burma)

    08/07/2011 9:19:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) ^ | 4 August 2011 | FRANCIS WADE
    Russia closing deal over 20 fighter jets By FRANCIS WADE Published: 4 August 2011 Russia is believed to be close to finalising a deal over the sale of 20 advanced fighter jets to the Burmese military, which has sought to expand its air power in tandem with ground forces. The MiG-29 planes have been purchased directly from the Russian state exporter, Rosoboronexport, in a deal estimated at more than $US570 million. The additional planes, due to shipped before the end of next year, will double Burma’s fighter jet fleet, and becomes one of the biggest sales of its kind by...
  • Ethnic clashes in Burma put Chinese projects at risk

    07/12/2011 10:36:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 7/12/2011 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    This week deadly armed clashes near Burma’s border with China ended a nearly two-decade-old ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma’s government. About 10,000 people have fled to refugee camps along the Chinese border and 215 Chinese workers from the Datang United Hydropower Developing Co. returned home after the KIA captured a Chinese-built and operated hydropower plant last week. A KIA spokesperson told the Thailand-based Irrawaddy that the uprising began when the government reneged on an agreement to share electricity generated from the region’s Chinese-built hydropower plants with local people. “This electricity is now going to China, not...
  • US Intercepted N. Korea Ship Over Arms Fears

    06/13/2011 9:11:16 AM PDT · by edpc · 1 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2011 | AFP
    SEOUL (AFP) – The US Navy intercepted a North Korean ship suspected of carrying missiles or other weapons to Myanmar and made it turn back, a senior US official said Monday. The comments by Gary Samore, special assistant to President Barack Obama on weapons of mass destruction, confirmed reports of the incident, which happened last month, in The New York Times and South Korean media. The New York Times said the ship was intercepted south of the Chinese city of Shanghai by a US destroyer on May 26.
  • McCain tells Myanmar to make changes (or else!) ("the winds of change are now blowing")

    06/03/2011 7:36:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 2011-06-03
    YANGON, Myanmar, June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says Myanmar's new military-backed government could face the kind of revolution sweeping through Arab nations. McCain said unless Myanmar, formerly Burma, is willing to make pro-democracy changes peacefully, it could be wracked by the kind of unrest leaders in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East are experiencing, CNN reported Friday. "The winds of change are now blowing, and they will not be confined to the Arab world," McCain told reporters in the former capital, Yangon, formerly Rangoon. "Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary...
  • Ending Myanmar Visit, McCain Urges Democratic Reform

    06/03/2011 3:59:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2011-06-03 | Seth Mydans
    BANGKOK — Ending a three-day visit to Myanmar, Senator John McCain warned the country’s leaders that “the winds of change” now blowing in the Middle East could spread if governments do not listen to the needs of their people. “Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary change later,” he told reporters at a news conference in the main city, Yangon, according to wire service reports. He urged the government to free political prisoners and to assure the safety of the pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who said recently that she was planning to travel through...
  • Kim visit highlights China ties to shunned regimes

    05/25/2011 7:03:22 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Deseret News/AP ^ | May 25, 2011
    Visits to Beijing this week by top officials from North Korea, Myanmar, and Iran are spotlighting China's cozy ties with nations widely shunned for human rights abuses and threatening behavior.
  • In the Jungle of Myanmar. The Story of a Missionary Proclaimed Blessed

    05/23/2011 10:44:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/23/11 | Sandro Magister
    His name is Clemente Vismara. He spent his life in the missions. He planted the Church where Christianity had never come before. An ordinary sanctity, that simply put into practice the Sermon on the MountROME, May 23, 2011 – The beatification of John Paul II has rocked the whole world like a hurricane. "But there are also other exemplary witnesses of Christ, much less known, whom the Church joyfully points out for the veneration of the faithful": this is what Benedict XVI said at the "Regina Cæli" two Sundays ago. Humble, ordinary saints – including those who will never get...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • Kansas-based (Catholic) priest to become bishop in Myanmar

    12/09/2010 4:01:56 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | December 9, 2010
    Fr. Alexander Cho Salina, Kan., Dec 4, 2010 / 07:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Alexander Cho goes where he's needed. The Burmese priest came to Kansas in 2007 to help fill a shortage of priests, but he'll soon be returning home to become the Bishop of Pyay, Myanmar. Pope Benedict XVI announced the new appointment of the bishop-designate on Dec. 3. He will leave behind his two parishes in Kansas and return to the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar –also known as Burma– after Christmas. There, he expects to be consecrated as a bishop next spring.While his adopted country...