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Myanmar’s reform process is two steps forward, one back

Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be out of house arrest, but change is still moving slowly in Myanmar.

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Who will bear witness? With the doctors gone, nobody watches Myanmar

The government of Myanmar has long instituted a campaign to keep the world from seeing their crimes against the Rohingya. The expulsion of Médecins Sans Frontières will likely lead to more, writes freelance journalist Tim Robertson.

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A Pope for our time

Crikey readers talk e-cigarettes, Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and why this Pope is dope.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on the past, the future, and the need for mercy

The Burmese democracy fighter spoke in Sydney last night on sacrifice, the 2015 elections in her country, and the need to temper justice by mercy. She visits Melbourne and Canberra next.

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Burma backgrounder: it is not a democracy (yet)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in Australia not just to thank those who have supported her. She’s heading up a strategic, concrete push to bring democracy to Myanmar via constitutional reform.

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Burmese refugees the forgotten victims of AusAID cuts

With AusAID withdrawing its funding from a clinic serving Burmese refugees, where will they go now to get the treatment they need? PhD scholar at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Belinda Thompson reports.

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Tips and rumours

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

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Can Aung San Suu Kyi turn Myanmar around?

Observers are celebrating Myanmar’s recent steps towards reform and a new openness, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision to run for president. But can she create the change needed, or is Myanmar too far gone?

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Myanmar’s religious violence threatens reform agenda

The recent anti-Muslim riots in Myanmar have spread to the centre of the country and claimed dozens of lives. But is the violence politically motivated? And has it stalled reform?

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Myanmar’s getting better — but there’s a long way to go

Myanmar’s president — currently in Australia — is driving a range of social, political and economic reforms in the former military dictatorship. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, writes Victoria Bruce in Myanmar.

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Pariah Myanmar comes out as relations thaw

Burmese president Thein Sein is visiting Australia as tensions thaw between the West and Myanmar. But significant questions surrounding human rights remain.

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Obama wins hearts in Myanmar, where sanctions still hurt

Burmese people have generally welcomed Barack Obama’s visit — but even the US President doesn’t get as much applause as Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar-based journalist Victoria Bruce talks to locals.

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Burma’s freedom road: reformists are winning out

With fair and free Burmese elections still a longed-for dream, can the Myanmar military be trusted to take the final steps in giving up power?

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Post-sanction Myanmar a tough place to do business

Myanmar has been welcomed back into the fold after more than 50 years of isolation. But Australian businesses wanting to capitalise face challenges, reports Victoria Bruce from Myanmar.

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Reopening the dialogue about Myanmar

As Myanmar approaches its first election in two decades, a conversation about politics and human rights in the Southeastern Asian nation has again captured media attention. Soon the world might have to stop labeling its government a “regime,” writes Nirmal Ghosh.

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Twinza Oil to step up investment in Burma

Contrary to popular belief, Australia doesn’t have a ban on investing in Burma. But Australian company Twinza Oil will still come under heavy scrutiny when it starts drilling for oil there, writes Kyaw Kyaw.

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Is Jetstar propping up Burma’s dictatorship?

Jetstar has come under fire for running flights into Burma, with critics claiming the airport fees and money the airline brings into the country are helping fund Burma’s repressive military junta.

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Silent outrage as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains locked up

While there were no large-scale protests, there was a palpable sense of anger at the decision to continue Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, freelance journalist Kyaw Kyaw writes from Burma.

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Christian Science Monitor | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Buddhist monks are key in the battle for Burma

In light of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent re-sentencing, foreign leaders are once again speaking out against the country’s repressive military junta. But to win over the Burmese people, foreign powers must first win over the country’s Buddhist monks, says the Christian Science Monitor.

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The solitary life of Aung San Suu Kyi

Reading and meditation, day in day out: such has been the life of imprisoned Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the last 13 years, and with yesterday’s sentencing, one to which she will return for another 18 months.

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Asia Chronicle | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Asia’s new Axis of Evil

North Korea and Burma are not natural allies, but sharing an identity as international pariahs and an interest in nuclear weapons could be bringing the two countries together.

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An historic day for Myanmar – or another false dawn?

Today, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flies into Myanmar — at the invitation of the ruling generals. There is a lot riding on the visit, says Kyaw Kyaw, a Myanmar-based blogger.

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The Burmese hero, the generals and the strange intruder

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US Vietnam vet sends Aung San Suu Kyi back to jail

A single rogue element can change everything in Myanmar politics, writes Kyaw Kyaw.

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New York Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Ethnic groups in Myanmar getting heated

A new constitution in Myanmar is not enough to calm ethnic tensions. The Kachin tribesmen, who live near the Chinese border, are beginning to prepare themselves for battle, reports Thomas Fuller.

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