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A Third of Protected Wildlife Areas Marred by Roads and Towns: Study
May18

A Third of Protected Wildlife Areas Marred by Roads and Towns: Study

OSLO — A third of the world’s protected areas for wildlife are suffering road building, more farms and other man-made threats that are undermining goals to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth, scientists said on Thursday. Almost 200 nations agreed in 2010 to set aside at least 17 percent of the world’s land areas in parks and...

Some US Allies Caught in Crossfire of Sanctions on Russian Arms
Apr24

Some US Allies Caught in Crossfire of Sanctions on Russian Arms

NEW DELHI — US sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other US allies around Asia, experts say. Under a law that US President Donald Trump signed in August, any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors will face sanctions. The law...

NLD Lawmakers Debate Pros, Cons of Proposed Protest Law Amendments
Mar09

NLD Lawmakers Debate Pros, Cons of Proposed Protest Law Amendments

NAYPYITAW — The Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law needs to be amended because it does not comply with the military-drafted 2008 Constitution, said lawmaker U Tun Tun Hein, a Central Executive Committee member of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD). “This law is fine for people who want to stage a protest with good intentions. But if...

The EU-Myanmar IPA Threatens Emerging Democracy
Oct13

The EU-Myanmar IPA Threatens Emerging Democracy

Recently, the press had a field day with the leaked footage of British foreign minister Boris Johnson attempting to recite Rudyard Kipling’s colonial-era Road To Mandalay in the grounds of Shwedagon Paya (it could have been worse). While such gaffes that call to mind the bad old days of colonialism are in bad taste, more pertinent stories...

Language Diversity in Myanmar—A Blessing in Disguise?
Aug01

Language Diversity in Myanmar—A Blessing in Disguise?

My father told me a story that happened to two of his friends on a tram in Warsaw in the 1980s. Both men were from the Podlasie region in northeast Poland and were having a conversation in their local dialect, which is a mixture of Polish, Ukrainian and Belarusian. At some point one of the passengers nearby whispered loudly to his neighbor: “Can...

As the World Moves to Renewable Energy, Myanmar Will Follow
Jul18

As the World Moves to Renewable Energy, Myanmar Will Follow

YANGON — The government has been pushing plans for coal-fired power plants to address Myanmar’s great need for electricity. Renewable energy expert Hans-Josef Fell talks about how Myanmar can develop its energy plan. Fell is a former parliamentarian in Germany and the current president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group. The Myanmar...

Who Are The Wa?
May26

Who Are The Wa?

It seems very likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) will become the next target of the Myanmar government’s efforts to bring the country under its control. But that does not necessarily mean that the army will launch an all-out offensive against the country’s most heavily armed ethnic army. A more likely scenario, insiders say,...

Ukraine Wants Closer Military Ties with Burma, Expert Says
Feb13

Ukraine Wants Closer Military Ties with Burma, Expert Says

‘The Ukraine and Burma indeed have intensified their military cooperation recently,’ says Kiev-based military analyst. The post Ukraine Wants Closer Military Ties with Burma, Expert Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy. …read more Source: The...

Burma ranked eighth among ‘world’s most volatile flashpoints’
Jan06

Burma ranked eighth among ‘world’s most volatile flashpoints’

Burma had the unenviable distinction of being listed among Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo as hosting 10 “conflicts to watch” in 2017, as compiled by Jean-Marie Guéhenno of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group in an article appearing in Foreign Policy on Thursday. Guéhenno, ICG’s president and CEO, cited...

Burmese govt named & shamed as landmine user
Nov23

Burmese govt named & shamed as landmine user

The number of people killed or injured by landmines across the world reached a 10-year high last year, driven by a spike in improvised devices planted by militant groups like the Islamic State, researchers said on Tuesday. Casualties caused by landmines, victim-activated explosive devices and unexploded weapons left behind after war totalled...

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