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The Shape of Things to Come By

Hope deferred may be the legacy of 2014, but desire for a just society in Burma will not be diminished by this year’s unfulfilled promises.

Applicants Bemoan Waiting Times After Thai Embassy Changes Visa Processing  By

The Thai Embassy in Rangoon lifts restrictions on the number of visa applications it processes daily, but the new system has drastically increased waiting times.

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An ethnic-language newspaper shut down by the Chin State government earlier this year resumes publication, while another newspaper is shuttered for a second time.

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Ten people were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslims in Thandwe, Arakan State, late last year.

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The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation says Education Ministry plans to form student and teacher unions violates freedom of association principles and Burma’s own draft labor law.

China Tightens Grip on Macau as Dissent Rises in Gambling Hub By

Beijing is tightening its control after a series of grassroots protest actions in the former Portuguese colony and gambling hub.

After Tsunami, Fishermen Struggle Against Tide of Tourism in Thailand By

Following the 2004 tsunami, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and—surprisingly—sighed in relief.

Rangoon Literary Festival to Showcase Nobel Laureates By

Rangoon will host a second international literary festival next month, with 200 locals and up to 15 international writers slated to participate.

Cambodian Villagers Angry Over HIV outbreak By

Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged villagers not to take retribution against an unlicensed medical practitioner believed responsible for more than 100 HIV infections.

YCDC Candidates Doubt Integrity of Municipal Poll By

Candidates in next Saturday’s election say that the YCDC has failed to enforce a signage ban and eligible voters have been left off the rolls.

NZ National May Face 4 Years for Insulting Religion: Lawyer By

Philip Blackwood and two Burmese nationals, arrested last week after distributing materials considered an insult to religion, was were arraigned at a Rangoon court on Thursday.

Thai NGOs Call for Improved Social Benefits for Migrant Workers By

Thai NGOs supporting migrants call on Thailand to reform its social security system so that registered migrant workers can better access social benefits.

Koh Tao Suspects Innocent: Govt Investigation Team By

A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao double murder case says it is confident that the accused men are innocent.

Govt Message ‘Contradictory’ on Return of Exiles: Activists By

Activists accuse the government of sending “contradictory” messages for exiles wishing to return to Burma by ostensibly encouraging repatriation while simultaneously hindering that process.

Police Say They Cannot Investigate Company Thugs Attacking ‘Squatters’ By

Rangoon police say they cannot launch an investigation into attacks by thugs sent by a construction company to drive poor families in Hlaing Tharyar Township away.

Burma Among World’s ‘Top 10 Jailers of Journalists’ By

Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Rights Groups Call on President to Drop Charges Against Slain Schoolgirl’s Father By

Thein Sein has been urged to help end the prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng, who alleged that the Burma Army killed his daughter in 2012.

Election Chief Under Fire for Raising Prospect of Coup By

Politicians slam Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye for comments he made this week signaling the possibility of another military coup if “instability” threatens Burma.

US Determines North Korea Behind Sony Attack as Studio Pulls Movie By ,

North Korea is accused of cyberattacking Sony Pictures as the studio pulled plans to release its comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

Dalai Lama Says His Role Should Cease After his Death By

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, says his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than have a “stupid” successor replace him.





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