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  1. On the march to a better future

    Posted Jan 04th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... Myanmar's government ministries were officially moved - lock, stock, and filing cabinet - on November 6, 2005, from the existing capital and port city Yangon (previously known as Rangoon) ... Myanmar's capital relocation represents an extraordinary development. On March 27 last year, more than 12,000 soldiers marched in Naypyidaw, marking the new capital's first public event: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577420/march-better-future
  2. Slapstick trio has last laugh on military junta

    Posted Aug 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Nick Meo

    ... but for Myanmar's military government they are no joke. The Moustache Brothers are a trio of comedians who put on nightly performances in the front room of their home in Mandalay, the country's second ... of their countrymen. Two of them have already undergone nearly five years of hard labour. Their crime? Holding the regime up to ridicule at a performance before Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/513227/slapstick-trio-has-last-laugh-military-junta
  3. Secretive state's film festival is a reel eye-opener at home and away

    Posted Sep 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Samantha Culp

    ... Samantha Culp Myanmar The first Myanmar Film Festival was a low-key affair. There were no award galas, no industry panels and no red carpets at its opening in Bangkok two weeks ago. Just ... dramas, Tun is now the president of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO), which helps to produce and promote films in his country. After a smaller set of screenings in Singapore last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/562612/secretive-states-film-festival-reel-eye-opener-home-and-away
  4. Dam postponement seen as rebuke to Beijing

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Despite being the biggest foreign investor in Myanmar, China's economic clout with its southern neighbour is being diluted as the Southeast Asian country improves ties with the United States, which is competing with Beijing for influence in the region. The recent suspension by Myanmar of work on the Chinese-controlled Myitsone dam project ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/981458/dam-postponement-seen-rebuke-beijing
  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Obama praises Myanmar reform but warns on Muslims during Thein Sein meeting

    Posted May 21st 2013, 10:34am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Myanmar President Thein Sein for his leadership in pushing through startling political reforms, but warned that violence against Muslims must stop. As his guest became the first leader of his country in almost 50 years to visit the White House, Obama praised Myanmar’s journey away from brutal junta rule ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1242597/obama-praises-myanmar-reform-warns-muslims-during-thein-sein-meeting
  6. News - Asia - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 01:19pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a leading rights watchdog said on Monday, citing evidence of mass graves ... transfer, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. Myanmar officials, community leaders and Buddhist monks organised and encouraged mobs backed by state security forces to conduct coordinated attacks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1220578/human-rights-watch-accuses-myanmar-ethnic-cleansing
  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - MUSIC

    Mohawks in Myanmar: punk rock runs wild in Yangon

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... Kate Whitehead Although closed off from the world for 50 years, the reclusive Myanmar still developed a punk rock scene. Kate Whitehead met some of the diehards in Yangon Bad boys ... him. He and his entourage say more about what's happening in Myanmar today than they do about music. Closed off from the rest of the world for 50 years after the military junta took over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1207685/bad-boys
  8. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - MYANMAR

    Video: lacquer craftswork a labour of love in Myanmar

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 10:58am by Kristine Servando

    ... Kristine Servando Bagan craftsman also shows how to spot fakes It can be easy to dismiss dull-looking, black lacquerware among all the Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirts, the vintage editions of George Orwell's Burmese Days and beautiful jewels sold at markets and gift shops across Myanmar. But on closer inspection, one will find that the handicrafts hold a subtle beauty- just like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1175684/video-lacquer-craftswork-labour-love-myanmar
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Three civilians dead in Myanmar attack on Kachin base

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 03:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yangon Kachin rebels on Monday said three civilians were killed and six wounded in the first attack by Myanmar forces on their northern stronghold, as fighting ... are thought to be in Laiza, he said, adding that there was “nowhere to go” except to China, which in August pushed several thousand refugees back into Myanmar. An increase in fighting between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1127844/three-civilians-dead-myanmar-attack-kachin-base
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    UN says 22,000 displaced by Myanmar unrest

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 03:46pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Minbya More than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been forced to flee their homes in western Myanmar, the UN said on Sunday, after a fresh wave ... and Muslims have continued to simmer in Rakhine since June. It is seen as presenting a serious challenge to Myanmar’s new quasi-civilian government, which has ushered in a series of reforms since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1071767/un-says-22000-displaced-myanmar-unrest

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