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  • Evolution of a mafia state in Myanmar

    10/16/2013 9:07:46 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 10/16/2013 | Maung Zarni
    Despite being in power for over half a century, Myanmar's military, both its despotic leadership and institutional instruments, namely the Tatmadaw, or armed forces, remains an enigma. It is the black hole of understanding in the literature, research and reporting produced about a country that suddenly finds itself in the limelight after decades of international isolation. The world is well-acquainted with opposition leader and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi - her political beliefs, her inspiring personal tale, and her pedigree as the daughter of Myanmar's independence hero, General Aung San. Even her aesthetic tastes are well-publicized, as are the...
  • 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 Buddhist mob targets Muslims

    08/27/2013 1:50:35 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08/26/2013 | AP
    HTAN GONE, MYANMAR – Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Myanmar following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by sectarian violence. The rioters, who sang the country’s national anthem as they rampaged, dispersed after security forces arrived early Sunday, shooting into the air. No injuries were reported. The hours-long riot in the village of Htan Gone, located 16 km south of the town of Kantbalu in the region of Sagaing, began late Saturday after a...
  • A monopoly of powers in Myanmar

    07/15/2013 10:53:22 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 07/12/2013 | Maung Zarni
    Beneath Naypyidaw's democracy-promoting rhetoric lies a multi-pronged and multi-faceted strategy adopted by the country’s previous junta leaders and current behind-the-scenes wielders of power led by former junta leader Senior General Than Shwe. Myanmar's current nominal head of state, Thein Sein, is bound soon for Britain, where the country’s former colonizer is expected to roll out the red carpet. This will come despite Thein Sein’s official support for 969, a neo-Nazi Buddhist movement that the Myanmar Home Ministry has incubated with blessings from the highest levels of government over the past 20-plus years. In light of this irreconcilable gap between the...
  • In Myanmar the underground trade in boy soldiers continues

    07/02/2013 2:00:30 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    Nation ^ | 07/02/2013 | Jo Becker
    I have spent more than a decade documenting the use of child soldiers in Myanmar, and have interviewed boys who were only 11 when they were forced to join the army. Initially, Myanmar's government flatly denied any use of children by its army, despite evidence that children were systematically recruited in large numbers. More recently, the authorities have not only acknowledged the problem, but signed a formal UN agreement to release all children from the forces by the end of this year. But disturbing evidence shows that the underground trade in underage soldiers remains a serious problem. Myanmar law explicitly...
  • Drilling for details (Myanmar)

    06/24/2013 1:33:26 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    Bangkok Post ^ | 06/24/2013 | Justin Heifetz
    With state-linked MOGE calling almost all the shots in new fields, foreign oil and gas investors in Myanmar are asking a lot of questions. While as many as 50 oil and gas companies submitted expressions of interest on June 14 for 30 offshore blocks, industry insiders warn that poor infrastructure and the government’s new production sharing. Eleven of the offshore blocks are shallow-water, and 19 are deepwater blocks. Government-owned Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) has agreed to allow 100% foreign ownership in deep-water blocks, an exception...