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Peace Commission’s Acceptance of Three EAOs Deserves Praise

However, some observers are puzzled by the military’s willingness to deal with TNLA, AA and MNDAA The post Peace Commission’s Acceptance of Three EAOs Deserves Praise appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Peace Commission’s Acceptance of Three EAOs Deserves Praise

However, some observers are puzzled by the military’s willingness to deal with TNLA, AA and MNDAA The post Peace Commission’s Acceptance of Three EAOs Deserves Praise appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

U.S. Artist Sculpts Myanmar’s Heroes and Villains

Jim McNails’ busts of dictators and democracy icons have seen him blacklisted from the country—and invited to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home The post U.S. Artist Sculpts Myanmar’s Heroes and Villains appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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U.S. Artist Sculpts Myanmar’s Heroes and Villains

Jim McNails’ busts of dictators and democracy icons have seen him blacklisted from the country—and invited to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home The post U.S. Artist Sculpts Myanmar’s Heroes and Villains appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana

Patent requests filed by foreign pharmaceutical firms could see them dominating the potentially lucrative market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. The post Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Ma
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Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana

Patent requests filed by foreign pharmaceutical firms could see them dominating the potentially lucrative market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. The post Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks

«We desire to take a political approach instead of a military approach and will first stop military actions in order to be able to achieve peace,» the groups said. The post Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks appeared firs
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Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks

«We desire to take a political approach instead of a military approach and will first stop military actions in order to be able to achieve peace,» the groups said. The post Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit

During his five-day visit to Myanmar, the Indian president has held talks with the State Counselor and President, reiterating India’s support for peace and development in Myanmar. The post Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit ap
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Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit

During his five-day visit to Myanmar, the Indian president has held talks with the State Counselor and President, reiterating India’s support for peace and development in Myanmar. The post Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’

U Myat Thu, who sits on a joint committee overseeing the corridor's development, spoke with The Irrawaddy about what Myanmar was doing to manage the potential risks and rewards. The post China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’ appeared first o
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China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’

U Myat Thu, who sits on a joint committee overseeing the corridor's development, spoke with The Irrawaddy about what Myanmar was doing to manage the potential risks and rewards. The post China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s speech at an army academy graduation warned of external elements threatening Myanmar—much like speeches given by him and his predecessors in the past. The post Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief app
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Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s speech at an army academy graduation warned of external elements threatening Myanmar—much like speeches given by him and his predecessors in the past. The post Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Inle-based Tourism Victorious at Responsible Tourism Awards Night

This is the second edition of the awards which aim to raise awareness of the industry’s potential to generate meaningful social, economic, and environmental benefits for Myanmar. The post Inle-based Tourism Victorious at Responsible Tourism Awards Night app
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Inle-based Tourism Victorious at Responsible Tourism Awards Night

This is the second edition of the awards which aim to raise awareness of the industry’s potential to generate meaningful social, economic, and environmental benefits for Myanmar. The post Inle-based Tourism Victorious at Responsible Tourism Awards Night appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Parliamentary Committee Endorses Suspension of French Loan Plans

The committee said some of the projects in the feasibility study report need an in-depth review and that the report fails to provide detailed cost and profit estimates. The post Parliamentary Committee Endorses Suspension of French Loan Plans appeared first o
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Parliamentary Committee Endorses Suspension of French Loan Plans

The committee said some of the projects in the feasibility study report need an in-depth review and that the report fails to provide detailed cost and profit estimates. The post Parliamentary Committee Endorses Suspension of French Loan Plans appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Anti-Corruption Commission to Open Branches in Yangon, Mandalay Next Year

Expansion follows enactment of new Anti-Corruption Law in June The post Anti-Corruption Commission to Open Branches in Yangon, Mandalay Next Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Anti-Corruption Commission to Open Branches in Yangon, Mandalay Next Year

Expansion follows enactment of new Anti-Corruption Law in June The post Anti-Corruption Commission to Open Branches in Yangon, Mandalay Next Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Shan Armed Group Kills At Least Four Ethnic Pa-O in Shooting

The RCSS claims it killed four Pa-O in self-defense after the group attacked its fighters. A rival armed group claims the RCSS shot five Pa-O trying to rescue their neighbors. The post Shan Armed Group Kills At Least Four Ethnic Pa-O in Shooting appeared firs
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Shan Armed Group Kills At Least Four Ethnic Pa-O in Shooting

The RCSS claims it killed four Pa-O in self-defense after the group attacked its fighters. A rival armed group claims the RCSS shot five Pa-O trying to rescue their neighbors. The post Shan Armed Group Kills At Least Four Ethnic Pa-O in Shooting appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Activists Demand Release of Two Reuters Reporters on Anniversary of Arrests

Participants in candlelight vigil denounce arrests as a ‘national disgrace’, condemn government’s failure to release pair The post Activists Demand Release of Two Reuters Reporters on Anniversary of Arrests appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Activists Demand Release of Two Reuters Reporters on Anniversary of Arrests

Participants in candlelight vigil denounce arrests as a ‘national disgrace’, condemn government’s failure to release pair The post Activists Demand Release of Two Reuters Reporters on Anniversary of Arrests appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Crisis Group says No Word from China on Detained Canadian Employee

Debates have arisen as to whether the former diplomat’s detention was in retaliation to Canada’s arresting of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on the request of the US. The post Crisis Group says No Word from China on Detained Canadian Employee appeared firs
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Crisis Group says No Word from China on Detained Canadian Employee

Debates have arisen as to whether the former diplomat’s detention was in retaliation to Canada’s arresting of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on the request of the US. The post Crisis Group says No Word from China on Detained Canadian Employee appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets

Jack Dorsey said he did not «intend to diminish by not raising the issue, but could have acknowledged that I don’t know enough and need to learn more.» The post ‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweet
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‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets

Jack Dorsey said he did not «intend to diminish by not raising the issue, but could have acknowledged that I don’t know enough and need to learn more.» The post ‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair

For the first time in history, Time has honored those in its own profession, naming Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo alongside a number of other journalists “Person of the Year.” The post Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reu
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Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair

For the first time in history, Time has honored those in its own profession, naming Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo alongside a number of other journalists “Person of the Year.” The post Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children

For some of the newly freed women, keeping their baby is a burden as they struggle to get by. For others, it is a relief. The post Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children

For some of the newly freed women, keeping their baby is a burden as they struggle to get by. For others, it is a relief. The post Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene

If Canada’s justice minister decides to extradited Meng to the US, she could face up to 30 years in prison for each count of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The post Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Interv
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Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene

If Canada’s justice minister decides to extradited Meng to the US, she could face up to 30 years in prison for each count of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The post Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project

The President's Office says 15,000 locals have signed a petition in favor of the project, far more than the 4,000 who signed an earlier petition opposing it. The post Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Projec
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Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project

The President's Office says 15,000 locals have signed a petition in favor of the project, far more than the 4,000 who signed an earlier petition opposing it. The post Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party

Founders agree to change name from ‘Mon Party’ to ‘Mon Unity Party’ The post Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party

Founders agree to change name from ‘Mon Party’ to ‘Mon Unity Party’ The post Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award

Athan founder Maung Saung Kha has won the Human Rights Tulip award from the Netherlands, becoming the first person bestowed with the honor in the country. The post Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award

Athan founder Maung Saung Kha has won the Human Rights Tulip award from the Netherlands, becoming the first person bestowed with the honor in the country. The post Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks

Private lenders made billions of kyats on Dec. 4 thanks to intervention when dollar was low; vice governor says transaction was routine. The post Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks

Private lenders made billions of kyats on Dec. 4 thanks to intervention when dollar was low; vice governor says transaction was routine. The post Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military

Burma Campaign UK says companies including Facebook and Western Union are helping military violate human rights, destroy environment The post ‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military

Burma Campaign UK says companies including Facebook and Western Union are helping military violate human rights, destroy environment The post ‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on T
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Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first o
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A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on Th
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Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on Th
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NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared fi
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Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Lan
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Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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