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After the ethnic cleansing, a tourist boom in Rakhine?

Land prices at a coastal resort town in Rakhine state have risen to an "unprecedented level" over the past three years, according to local villagers. The Kyaukalatt tract in Thandwe is famous among hoteliers for its beautiful beaches.



Ethnic Groups Say Time Has Come To See Detailed Plan For Federal System

It is time for the Myanmar government and the military to tell the country's ethnic groups exactly what type of federal system they can expect to be part of in the future, leaders of the groups said on Tuesday. The Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center held a book launch today at Yangon's Green Hill Hotel, where representatives of the ethnic groups discussed the issue with an audience of about 100 people.



Almost a Year After NLD Adviser's Murder, Key Suspect Still at Large

As a human rights and constitutional lawyer, U Ko Ni helped others find justice. But for U Ko Ni himself, justice remains elusive.



Contentious Telecoms Law Still Used to Stifle Dissent Despite Amendments: FEM

The controversial Article 66 of Myanmar's Telecommunications Law is still widely used by authorities to stifle dissent despite a recent amendment, according to a report by Free Expression Myanmar , a non-governmental human rights defender and promoter. FEM released its report titled '66 : No real change' at Pansuriya Art Gallery in Yangon on Monday, claiming that the government's amendment of the article in August 2017 has not brought any significant change.



Myanmar's business confidence plummets as policy uncertainty bites: survey

Business confidence among entrepreneurs in Myanmar dropped "drastically" this year due to unclear economic policy, a survey shows on Tuesday, amid growing frustration over leader Aung San Suu Kyi's management of the fledgling economy. FILE PHOTO: Two fishermen stand on a boat in front of Myanmar industrial port terminal at the banks of the Hlaing river in Yangon, June 9, 2016.



Myanmar powers up

The government of Myanmar has made energising the power sector an urgent priority, aiming to provide electricity to the whole country by 2030 at the latest. While hydroelectric dams will provide most power needs, new gas-powered plants and liquefied natural gas will increase the supply in the medium term.



AA Chief Urges Arakanese Not to Fall into Army Trap in Rakhine

The head of the Arakan Army has called on the Arakanese people not to let their emotions lead them to become involved in the conflict in Rahkine State. AA chief Tun Myat Naing spoke for 20 minutes in a video posted on the AA's Facebook page in which he described the conflict between Muslims and the Myanmar Army in Rakhine as a "political trap."



USDP Tries to Regain Public Trust Through Constructive Criticism of NLD

The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party will constructively criticize the National League for Democracy -led government rather than view it as a rival, said Dr. Nandar Hla Myint, a USDP spokesperson. "The NLD government today of course has shortcomings.



Stakeholders Call for Economy to be Top Priority

U Myint, the former chief economic advisor to the previous administration, urged State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to set economic development as a top priority together with peace building. During his keynote address to the second Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Convention in Yangon on Dec. 9, he requested that the State Counselor pay greater attention to Myanmar's economic issues.



Myanmar's offensive

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the UN General Assembly. Her government has launched new diplomatic offensives aimed at heading off calls for sanctions at the UN.



Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

Rohingya Muslim refugee children queue for aid supplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Dec. 4. Rohingya are still fleeing into Bangladesh even after an agreement was signed with Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority displaced along the border, officials said Nov. 27. ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images hide caption Rohingya Muslim refugee children queue for aid supplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Dec. 4. Rohingya are still fleeing into Bangladesh even after an agreement was signed with Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority displaced along the border, officials said Nov. 27. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution this week condemning "the ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by that country's military.



Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution this week condemning "the ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by that country's military. The move, which is the first step to what could eventually lead to targeted sanctions against the Tatmadaw, the armed forces of Myanmar, came a day after Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, suggested that the Myanmar military may be guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group.



Interpreter sought asylum after smuggling Bibles into Burma

For years, after a military coup toppled the newly elected democratic government in Burma , practicing Christians were often forced to choose between the ruling socialist party and God. Andrew Luai chose God.



Myanmar state counselor encourages young entrepreneurs to strive for country's development

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has encouraged the country's young entrepreneurs to use cutting-edge technology for the development of the nation, while taking advantage of the country's unique location and abundant resources. Aung San Suu Kyi made the remarks at the Myanmar Entrepreneurs Summit 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.



Surakiart to join Rakhine advisory body

Surakiart Sathirathai, former Thai deputy prime minister and current chairman of the Asia Peace and Reconciliation Council, is among the foreign members of an advisory body to implement recommendations on Rakhine State. YANGON: Myanmar has formed an advisory body including foreign and local experts to implement recommendations on the country's conflict-riddled Rakhine State by a commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, according to an announcement published Saturday in state media.



Rohingya crisis: Red Cross faced with 'real challenge'

New Delhi, Dec 9 - The Red Cross is faced with a real challenge following the Rohingya refugee crisis triggered by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, a senior official of the international humanitarian organisation has said. The specificity of the situation is that only the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is allowed to work in Rakhine State as humanitarian help, Christine Beerli, Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross , told IANS in an interview.



Why Buddhists fail simple test of compassion

Pope Francis arrives to lead mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Yangon late last month. The 'moral authority' of Pope Francis is undiminished despite his failure to address the Rohingya crisis head-on during a visit to Myanmar, the Vatican says, defending a papal trip framed by the plight of the Muslim minority.





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