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27 min ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Hidden Worlds

The road from Kalaymyo to Hakha is lined with grave markers. With little flat ground in the northern Chin Hills, cemeteries are exchanged for solitary memorials overlooking the knuckled mountain ranges.

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4 hrs ago | Seattle Times

Myanmar’s great mobile leap

A monk uses his smartphone in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. Smartphones - and the Wi-Fi access they bring - have helped fuel a small, growing tech community, but the lack of affordable and reliable Internet connections is a major hurdle for the country.

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5 hrs ago | BBC News

The murky world of the illicit jade trade

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is one of the world's largest Jade producers - but with trade bound by international sanctions, many of the precious gemstones are smuggled out of the country.

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Sat Jul 12, 2014

Asia News Network

YANGON: Over 50 journalists charged in Myanmar for holding a protest

Over 100 journalists and Michaungkan residents who staged a silent protest at the entrance road to Myanmar Peace Center while President Thein Sein was meeting with artists have been charged with Section 18 of the Peace Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, according to respective police station.

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Bangkok Post

Manhattan prices in Yangon

International NGOs are facing strong criticism in Myanmar not for the work they do, but for the large amounts of donor money they spend on renting offices.

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Bangkok Post

Military facility hides secrets from the...

With journalists sentenced to hard labour for writing about an isolated installation, experts are concerned about what might be being produced It was the kind of scoop any intrepid journalist dreams of getting, hitting all the right notes along the way - a vast and mysterious military installation, rumours of chemicals weapons, unexplained Chinese ... (more)

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South China Morning Post

Myanmar's reforms may be running out of steam

Journalists make a gesture for five of their colleagues, who were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday over a story accusing the military of making chemical weapons.

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Korean News

Kim Il Sung Remembered in Foreign Countries

They included remembrance meetings, photo and book exhibitions and film shows in Myanmar, Benin, Nigeria and Slovakia from June 29 to July 3. Displayed at the venues of the events were photos documenting the exploits of the President, leader Kim Jong Il and Marshal Kim Jong Un.

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Jurist

Myanmar journalists sentenced for alleged national security violations

The report alleged the Myanmar military had seized a sizable amount of land in the central Magwe region of the county for the purpose of producing chemical weapons [BBC report].

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TheDailyBeast.com

Where Being A Reporter Is A Crime

Four journalists and the CEO of their newspaper were sentenced to ten years' hard labor each in Burma today, sparking outrage from campaigners who say the conviction is a crushing blow to recent media reforms in the country.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Sexism, Racism, Poor Education Condemn Rohingya Women

When I first met Roma Hattu, a stateless Rohingya Muslim, in April 2013, she was rolling on the dirty concrete floor of an abandoned building in western Burma, heavily pregnant and in excruciating pain.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014

Big News Network.com

Myanmar sentences five journalists to hard labour in jail

MANDALAY, Myanmar - A report about the Myanmar government's alleged secretive chemical weapons programme has earned four journalists and the head of a weekly newspaper a punishment of 10 years in prison with hard labour.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Women cycle past a gas power plant in Rangoon's Thaketa Township.

Burma faces a "very tough task" to achieve the Ministry of Electric Power's ambition to develop a modern national energy infrastructure in the next 15 years, an industry report said.

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LIRNEasia

Myanmar: Telecenters to educate users about mobile services and apps?

Flagging up the likes of mobile health and money services, Swierzy told Mobile World Live there was a big opportunity to go beyond the traditional talk and text model.

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Sun-Star

NUJP protests - inhuman' prison term for Burmese journs

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is protesting what it deems as an "inhuman" sentence meted Thursday by a Burmese court on four reporters and a media executive who were found guilty of "publishing state secrets and trespassing."

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OpEdNews

Does Burma's reform reverse as journalists got harsh prison term?

Burma's media realm has been shocked as Pakokku district court in Magwe Division on Thursday sentenced the chief executive officer of a weekly news journal and four of its reporters to 10 years in prison with hard labor for publishing a report that covered a huge mysterious government complex -- established in Pauk Township, Magwe Division in Burma ... (more)

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TIME.com

Burmese Journalists Sentenced to a Decade in Prison With Hard Labor

Burmese journalists hold banners as they protest for press freedom outside the office of the Daily Eleven newspaper in Rangoon on Jan. 7, 2014.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014

Asia News Network

BANGKOK: Dusit plans entry into Myanmar

Dusit International, Thailand's hospitality chain, is eyeing to establish its presence in Myanmar through the opening of dusitD2 Residence in Yangon.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

The Spoils of Aid in Burma: Transition a Boon for Former Dictators

The Rangoon office of Development Alternatives Inc. , which is rented from the family of Burma's former spy chief, Khin Nyunt.

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KSWO

5 journalists jailed 10 years for Myanmar stories

He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confidant self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.

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