Myanmar en Myanmar: 20 student leaders detained The students were arrested in four different cities late Friday night and taken to undisclosed locations for questioning.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Myanmar Politics Education Sat, 07 Jul 2012 15:37:03 +0000 Talia Ralph 5710887 at Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi makes first appearance in parliament "I will try my best for the country," Aung San Suu Kyi said.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Myanmar Politics Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:32:00 +0000 Helene Hofman 5710965 at Myanmar: Derek Mitchell, first US ambassador in 22 years, starts work "He not only has an interest in Myanmar, but he knows a lot about the country so it is good that he has become the ambassador," said Aung San Suu Kyi.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:25:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5711411 at US companies get the green light to pursue an exciting new market in Asia American companies have finally got the green-light to invest in resource-rich Myanmar.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Myanmar Diplomacy Emerging Markets Myanmar United States Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:02:00 +0000 Mamta Badkar, Business Insider 5711562 at Thein Sein, Clinton meet in Cambodia <!--paging_filter--><p>SIEM REAP, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged Myanmar&#39;s president to stick with economic and political reforms as his resource-rich country emerges from nearly half a century of military rule.</p> <p>&quot;We want you to keep going. We&#39;re very committed,&quot; Clinton said as she met Thein Sein, a former junta general chosen by parliament last year to lead a quasi-civilian government.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Leaders Asia-Pacific Cambodia Diplomacy Myanmar Politics Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:29:00 +0000 Reuters 5711717 at Petrol that funded Myanmar's junta now open to US firms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama clears American conglomerates to seek Myanmar's vast reserves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than jade and rubies, more than labor or timber, oil and gas were the natural resources that made Myanmar&#39;s former junta rich while its citizens struggled.</p> <p>Until this week, any American conglomerate striking a new deal with Myanmar&#39;s state-run energy sector would have run afoul of sanctions.</p> <p>No longer.</p> <p>The Obama administration, according to the Washington Post, is<a href=""> now allowing US firms to work with Myanmar&#39;s government</a> to extract the nation&#39;s vast oil and gas reserves.</p> <p>This is highly significant. It shows that the State Department leadership has grown confident enough in Myanmar&#39;s reforms that it will allow Americans to dabble in a sector marked by <a href="">secrecy, land grabs and abuse</a>. Were it not for the fossil fuels buried beneath Myanmar&#39;s central plains and near seas, the former junta -- now supplanted by a quasi-democracy -- would have lacked a core funding stream that kept corrupt generals in power.</p> <p>Lucrative energy deals with non-Western countries, namely China, kept the former military government afloat. How they spent the <a href=";view=article&amp;id=913:myanmar-earns-67-pc-income-from-yadana-and-yedagun-gas-projects&amp;catid=42:weekly-eleven-news&amp;Itemid=109">$16 billion earned from oil/gas projects through the last decade</a> -- a figure cited by Myanmar&#39;s Eleven Media Group -- is a mystery. (Safe to say little was showered on sectors that would improve lives in Myanmar: schools, hospitals and public infrastructure.)</p> <p>Having recently returned from a June summit in which Myanmar&#39;s energy sector bureaucrats pitched opportunities to foreign investors, I can state with confidence that officials are keen to see more Western firms inside their country. (I say &quot;more&quot; because Total, a French firm, and America&#39;s Chevron already operate a pipeline long exempt from sanctions through a grandfather clause.)</p> <p>As it stands, there are about 20 foreign companies from 11 nations operating in Myanmar&#39;s oil/gas fields. China is the big player in Myanmar&#39;s energy sector with Chinese interests largely responsible for <a href="">making oil/gas projects amount to more than 40 percent of the country&#39;s foreign investment pledges. . </a></p> <p>But the government is confident that many more lucrative deposits lie beneath the waters offshore. According to Myanmar government data, there are currently 25 blocks of barely explored or unexplored offshore terrain available to energy conglomerates.</p> <p>And Western firms, endowed with the the most advanced technology, are best suited to go in, locate it, extract it and kick a percentage of their profits to the government. (Expect a 25 percent tax on profit coupled with a 12.5 percent royalty fee.) But unlike Chinese firms, American firms will be forced by the State Department to prove their operations are free of abuse.</p> <p>Given America&#39;s energy needs, the Obama administration&#39;s decision is only slightly surprising. More surprising is US diplomats&#39; rare defiance of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning opposition figure who has appeared to all but dictate America&#39;s Myanmar policy.</p> <p>Aung San Suu Kyi has pointed out the obvious: for now, her government&#39;s oil and gas sector <a href="">is murky and unaccountable. </a>This is the landscape US operators will enter if they seek the wealth of fossil fuels buried beneath Myanmar&#39;s soil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Leaders Business Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Energy Myanmar Politics Political Risk On Southeast Asia GlobalPost Blogs Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:55:51 +0000 Patrick Winn 5711873 at Myanmar is open for business, but investors wait President Obama has finally authorized American companies to invest in Myanmar. For the first time in 15 years, companies like General Electric and Chevron that have been aching to tap the energy-rich nation's resources will be able to do just that. But the process isn't going to be as easy as all that.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Myanmar open for business? Business Emerging Markets Myanmar Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:57:00 +0000 Matma Badkar, Business Insider 5712223 at Aung San Suu Kyi to visit US in September It would be the pro-democracy activist’s first visit to the United States since the 1980s when she worked for the United Nations, VOA said. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Leaders Asia-Pacific Myanmar Politics Rights Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:23:59 +0000 Allison Jackson 5712258 at Buddhist monks in Myanmar come out against Muslim minority Muslims are being persecuted for their religion and ethnicity in supposedly-relaxing Myanmar - and surprisingly, Buddhist monks appear to be leading the discriminatory charge, reported the Independent. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Myanmar Asia-Pacific Myanmar Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:33:28 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5713284 at Aung San Suu Kyi delivers historic first speech in Myanmar parliament Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first parliamentary speech today, reports Voice of America, in a major milestone for the Nobel Prize winning politician<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Asia-Pacific Myanmar Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:56:58 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5713364 at Scarce HIV treatment in Myanmar means sick denied <p><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 20px; ">YANGON, Myanmar &ndash;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 20px; ">More than two-thirds of people with HIV/AIDS in Myanmar need anti-retroviral therapy (ART) but cannot receive it because of a shortage of supplies and funds. This causes the slowly democratizing country to have one of the lowest coverage rates in the world.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HIV/AIDS Myanmar Health Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Hanna Ingber 5713387 at Canada sends international trade minister to Myanmar Canada is sending international trade minister Ed Fast to Myanmar, reported the Vancouver Sun Wednesday - marking another step towards more Western investment in the swiftly-changing Southeast Asian nation. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Myanmar Business Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets Myanmar Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:52:23 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5713469 at Southeast Asia's intriguing Olympians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pregnant shooter, a disqualified cat impressionist, a 4'11" female weightlifter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>London&#39;s 2012 Summer Olympics are unlikely to send many Southeast Asian athletes home with gold medals. That&#39;s the consensus from professional bookmakers as well as the <a href="">Wall Street Journal</a>, which has extensively analyzed each region&#39;s competitors.</p> <p>But at least this year&#39;s crop of Southeast Asian Olympians isn&#39;t boring.</p> <p><strong>Malaysia: </strong>That woman to the right who appears ready to burst is Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Cambodia Myanmar Politics Culture & Lifestyle Indonesia Philippines Thailand On Southeast Asia Vietnam GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:13:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5713659 at HIV stories from treatment-scarce Myanmar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A photo essay from Yangon, where a select group of HIV patients receive treatment. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>YANGON, Myanmar &mdash; At last month&#39;s International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, new parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi asked delegates from around the world for help in building a network within Myanmar, also known as Burma, to help prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.</p> <p> &quot;We need to make our people understand widely that this is a problem which we can handle together,&quot; she said via video feed. &quot;Teach us how we in Burma may develop community responses to HIV/AIDS.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Myanmar Health Global Pulse Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:25:00 +0000 Kevin Douglas Grant 5714728 at Burma troops kill Rohingya Muslims: Human Rights Watch report How will the new Burmese government handle the crisis? <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Myanmar Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:10:00 +0000 Daniel DeFraia 5714775 at