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Suu Kyi’s NLD to Compete in Myanmar Vote Despite Block

BANGKOK — The party of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the …

War of words follows deadly Laiza shelling

<b>The Kachin Independence Army has threatened to break off peace negotiations after accusing the Tatmadaw of killing 23 people in an artillery attack</b> …

Middle East

Myanmar Needs Policy for Squatters: Ye Htut

RANGOON — Amid ongoing mass evictions in Rangoon and surrounding areas, the presidential spokesman has called for a land policy to handle the issue …

Asia

No constitution change before 2015 elections: Thura U Shwe Mann

<b>Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has ruled out any changes to the 2008 constitution before next year’s election.</b><p>The speaker said at a …

Myanmar’sMilitary MPs Object to Constitutional Change

RANGOON — Military representatives in Parliament have signaled that they will not support amendments to Burma’s controversial Constitution, dimming …

We are in favour of changing Article 436, say committee members

Burma’s parliamentary Joint Committee to Review the Constitution (JCRC) has finalised its notes and recommendations on constitutional reform, …

NLD presents petition to parliament calling to amend 436

The National League for Democracy (NLD) and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) on Tuesday handed over a petition to parliament with nearly …

Finding a Federal Model that Fits for Myanmar

There is a reason why peace talks between the government and Myanmar’s ethnic resistance armies are not going anywhere: The two sides are …

Asia

Burma Opposition Party Says 5 Million Sign Petition to Change Constitution

RANGOON — Burma’s main opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of …

When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

"I was a monk. Most of us used to be," says a heavily armed soldier in the rugged mountains of northern Burma’s Kachin state. "When I heard about …

Talking Peace, Thinking War in Myanmar

PAPUN TOWNSHIP, Kayin State — More than three years after Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government assumed power and made plans for a nationwide ceasefire …

War

The Interpreter

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Drug trafficking on rise in Myanmar

Myanmar's Kachin state is at the epicentre of a multibillion-dollar illicit economy fuelled by mining, logging and drug trafficking. The FT's Ben …

Drug Trafficking

Myanmar’s Kachin state at the heart of illicit economy

As the convoy of trucks laden with precious Burmese teak and sandalwood snakes its way into China from Myanmar, it comes perilously close to a ravine …

Asia

Charter reform rallies draw ethnic crowds

Rallies in support of constitutional reform were held across Burma on Saturday, drawing crowds in three administrative regions.<p>Burma’s main …

Constitutional reform campaign builds steam

The campaign for constitutional reform continued on Tuesday as activist group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) joined the National …

Karen Groups Back NLD Constitutional Reform Campaign

RANGOON — Karen political parties, armed groups and civil society organizations meeting in eastern Karen State last weekend have reiterated calls for …

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