Burma http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26440/all en Suu Kyi's party accepts crony donations in reform-era Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/suu-kyis-party-accepts-crony-donations-reform-era-myanmar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Cronies of Myanmar's military junta which kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for nearly two decades have reached a milestone in their quest to rehabilitate their image: they're now donors to Suu Kyi's political party.</p> <p>While the Nobel Peace laureate's willingness to accept military-tainted funds for education projects might jar with her international image, her supporters praised the move as politically shrewd and financially necessary.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/suu-kyis-party-accepts-crony-donations-reform-era-myanmar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Politics Social Issues Suu Kyi Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:15:24 +0000 5735499 at http://www.globalpost.com China rebukes Myanmar, urges ceasefire after shell crosses border http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/china-rebukes-myanmar-urges-ceasefire-after-shell-crosses-borde <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China rebuked Myanmar on Thursday and called for an immediate ceasefire between Myanmar government forces and ethnic minority rebels after an artillery shell flew over the border and landed inside China for the second time since late December.</p> <p>Myanmar's military has stepped up shelling and air attacks on rebels in its northern Kachin state, raising doubts over assurances by its quasi-civilian government that it wants a peace deal to end the fighting that has made its way to China's doorstep.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/china-rebukes-myanmar-urges-ceasefire-after-shell-crosses-borde" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Kachin State Politics of Burma Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:15:52 +0000 5735521 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar parliament calls for ceasefire with Kachin rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-parliament-calls-ceasefire-kachin-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Myanmar's parliament unanimously approved a motion on Friday calling for a ceasefire to end fighting between ethnic Kachin rebels and the military in the north which has raised doubts about reforms in the country.</p> <p>A Myanmar lawmaker said the lower house called for peace talks to end 18 months of fighting that has turned increasingly violent since December as the military has stepped up shelling and air attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-parliament-calls-ceasefire-kachin-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Irregular military Politics Politics of Burma War Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:45:49 +0000 5736099 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Myanmar government announces ceasefire with Kachin rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-myanmar-government-announces-ceasefire-kachin-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Myanmar army ceasefire to start Saturday</p> <p>* Order affects La Ja Yang where fighting has been fiercest</p> <p>* No immediate commitment from rebels</p> <p>* Ceasefire only announced after army offensive -lobby group (Adds comment from Burma Campaign UK, Kachin spokesperson in Thailand)</p> <p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-myanmar-government-announces-ceasefire-kachin-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Entertainment Military of Burma Politics Politics of Burma War Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:45:38 +0000 5736190 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar aims to improve lives, modernise with new reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 but also quickly improve the lives of its citizens.</p> <p>A wide-ranging "Framework for Economic and Social Reforms" to be presented in the capital, Naypyitaw, sets out priorities until 2015 and broader initiatives "that will allow Myanmar to become a modern, developed and democratic nation by 2030".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 03:15:24 +0000 5736493 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Myanmar aims to improve lives, modernise with new reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Next wave of reforms outlined to aid donors</p> <p>* President wants peace talks with ethnic rebels</p> <p>* Central bank to be given autonomy (Adds president's speech, proposed peace talks with rebels)</p> <p>By Min Zayar Oo</p> <p>NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 but also quickly improve the lives of its citizens.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Government Social Issues Southeast Asia Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:30:04 +0000 5736504 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar rebels say army ignoring president's ceasefire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/myanmar-rebels-say-army-ignoring-presidents-ceasefire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Myanmar troops attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin on Sunday despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source said.</p> <p>President Thein Sein issued the ceasefire order to troops in the La Ja Yang area of Kachin near the border with China, where fighting has been fiercest.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/myanmar-rebels-say-army-ignoring-presidents-ceasefire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Business Kachin Independence Army Politics Politics of Burma Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:45:16 +0000 5736796 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Myanmar rebels say army ignoring president's ceasefire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-myanmar-rebels-say-army-ignoring-presidents-ceasefire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President calls for peace talks with ethnic groups</p> <p>* Ceasefires reached with most groups, but not in Kachin</p> <p>* Violence has intensified in Kachin in past month (Adds President saying will not attack rebel HQ)</p> <p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-myanmar-rebels-say-army-ignoring-presidents-ceasefire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Business Politics Politics of Burma Southeast Asia Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:30:55 +0000 5736810 at http://www.globalpost.com Mobile revolution in Myanmar is on the cards, but too slow for many http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/mobile-revolution-myanmar-the-cards-too-slow-many <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jeremy Wagstaff</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile revolution. Only it's happening way too slowly for many locals.</p> <p>Last week the government invited expressions of interest for two mobile phone licenses - a first step towards increasing mobile penetration from its current 5-10 percent to 80 percent in three years. That would lift it off the bottom of the world's ladder of mobile use and put it on a par with neighbours like Bangladesh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/mobile-revolution-myanmar-the-cards-too-slow-many" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Business Indian Ocean Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:30:22 +0000 5736992 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's rush into Myanmar snags on land ownership issues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-rush-myanmar-snags-land-ownership-issues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Antoni Slodkowski</p> <p>THILAWA, Myanmar, Jan 24 (Reuters) - If Japan's plans to develop a massive industrial complex in Myanmar push ahead, Win Aung's village will be cut in half, his cottage and ricefields razed.</p> <p>The 39-year-old is one of hundreds of farmers who make their living off rice paddies earmarked for the Thilawa economic zone, a project that has become the centrepiece of Japanese investment in Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-rush-myanmar-snags-land-ownership-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Politics Technology War Win Aung Yangon Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:15:03 +0000 5738520 at http://www.globalpost.com Former Myanmar telecoms minister faces probe -sources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/former-myanmar-telecoms-minister-faces-probe-sources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>YANGON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Myanmar has launched an investigation into malpractice in the telecoms ministry and will question Thein Tun, who resigned as minister this month, along with top civil servants, a senior government official and two other sources said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/former-myanmar-telecoms-minister-faces-probe-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Southeast Asia Technology Thein Sein Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:15:26 +0000 5738669 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Myanmar launches major graft probe at telecoms ministry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-1-myanmar-launches-major-graft-probe-at-telecoms-ministr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* 50 officials involved in rare probe at ministry - sources</p> <p>* Probe follows president's vow to fight graft</p> <p>* Reforms in telecoms sector long delayed (Recasts, new details throughout)</p> <p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Myanmar's former telecommunications minister and dozens of officials are under investigation for graft, a senior government official said on Thursday, in a landmark probe in the fast reforming country long ranked among the world's most corrupt.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/update-1-myanmar-launches-major-graft-probe-at-telecoms-ministr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Entertainment Internet in Burma Politics Technology Thein Sein Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:30:04 +0000 5738732 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar rebukes US for calling it "Burma" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/myanmar-rebukes-us-calling-it-burma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>YANGON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Myanmar took a swipe at the United States on Saturday for calling the country Burma, urging it to use its official title and avoid harming improving ties between the two former foes.</p> <p>In a response to a press statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Yangon on the conflict in northern Kachin state, the Foreign Ministry said Washington should be following most countries and the United Nations and call it Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/myanmar-rebukes-us-calling-it-burma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:15:26 +0000 5739766 at http://www.globalpost.com ADB, World Bank to step up work in Myanmar after arrears paid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/adb-world-bank-step-work-myanmar-after-arrears-paid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 28 (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Monday it was resuming operations in Myanmar with a $512 million loan for social and economic projects that would help the country build on reforms since a military government stepped down in 2011.</p> <p>In a separate statement, the World Bank said its board had approved a $440 million credit for Myanmar and that, as with the ADB, it was now fully able to support the country's development because debt arrears had been cleared with the help of Japan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/adb-world-bank-step-work-myanmar-after-arrears-paid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Government Southeast Asia Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:15:29 +0000 5740161 at http://www.globalpost.com Korean star reminds Myanmar's Suu Kyi of her father http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/korean-star-reminds-myanmars-suu-kyi-her-father <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi had a special dinner Thursday night with a host of South Korean soap opera stars, one of whom was invited because of his resemblance to her assassinated father.</p> <p>Taking some time out of a hectic four-day visit schedule, the Nobel Peace Prize winner dined with four well-known faces of the "Hallyu", or Korean Wave, of TV dramas that have captivated audiences across Asia -- including Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/korean-star-reminds-myanmars-suu-kyi-her-father" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Burmese people Entertainment Human Interest AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:30:19 +0000 5742497 at http://www.globalpost.com