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In Meeting With Election Body, NLD Complains of Voter Verification ‘Obstruction’ By

The National League for Democracy meets Burma’s Union Election Commission again to air grievances and exchange feedback on the country’s ongoing voter verification process.

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One of five student activists charged with unlawful assembly for a protest in Rangoon last week is arrested after attending a commemorative event on Tuesday.

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Bail is granted to 11 activists detained after a brutal crackdown on student demonstrations earlier this year, while five other requests are denied.

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A local election subcommission in Tharrawaddy Township receives funding from lawmakers of Burma’s ruling party, a donation criticized as potentially compromising the electoral body’s impartiality.

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Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border.

Sri Lanka Polls Timed Ahead of UN War Crimes Report to Foil Rajapaksa Comeback By

War-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a UN report.

Oil Palm Plantations Destroying SE Asia’s Peatlands: Researchers By

Drainage of peatlands to cultivate oil palm in Malaysia’s Rajang Delta is causing land subsidence that will bring large-scale floods in coming decades, researchers warn.

Saw Mra Razar Lin: A Woman Warrior-Turned-Peacemaker By

As a soldier, an exile and a mother, Arakanese rebel Saw Mra Razar Lin brings a lot to the negotiating table.

Irrawaddy Division Coal Power Plant Grounded on Local Pushback By

The fate of a planned coal-fired power plant in Irrawaddy Division’s Ngapudaw Township remains unclear amid local opposition to the project on environmental grounds.

Monks Vow to March Against Rangoon Projects After Govt Breaks Promise By

A Buddhist organization opposing five developments near the Shwedagon Pagoda vow to resume their campaign after the government fails to meet their demand of official hiatus.

Clashes Continue at DKBA Asia Highway Toll Booth By

Clashes continue between government troops and ethnic Karen rebels in the lead-up to a major conference between the area’s non-state actors and government representatives.

Case of Missing Ta’ang Party Leaders in Shan State Still Unresolved By

Over two weeks since two Ta’ang National Party members in Shan State’s Mongkaung Township were reported missing, party officials await their safe return.

Dateline Politics: ‘There Will Be Ups and Downs, Like Waves’ By

On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, English Editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talks politics with Zin Mar Aung and Cheery Zahau.

Govt, Ethnic Reps Hopeful after Peace Talks in Chiang Mai By

Peace negotiator Aung Min said a nationwide ceasefire remained on the table after a meeting between government and ethnic representatives in northern Thailand.

China Lobbies Hard Ahead of Manila’s South China Sea Arbitration Case By

China’s claims to the disputed South China Sea will come under international legal scrutiny for the first time this week.

Cambodia Faces Uphill Struggle to Reform its Orphanages By

Cambodia is in the grip of an orphanage boom, many of them unlicensed, with no safety checks and few real orphans.

Malaysian Leader Faces Risk of Criminal Charges Over Fund By

Malaysia’s prime minister risks criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from a state fund to his personal bank accounts.

Thein Sein To Consider Second Term: Japanese Media By

In a rare interview with Japanese news agency NHK, Burma’s President urges infrastructure investment and indicates that he will consider second term.

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Preliminary meetings ahead of the forthcoming Karen National Conference kick off in Rangoon, uniting ethnic Karen people from various parts of the country.

Forced Labor Shows Back-Breaking Lack of Reform in Burma’s Military By

Stateless Rohingya say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labor, despite the government launching a campaign to end the practice.





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