Reuters:Clinton causes barely a stir in Myanmar’s curious capital

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s new capital, Naypyitaw, translates as “Abode of Kings,” fitting for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to begin historic talks that could restore some luster to one of the world’s most reclusive states.

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China’s sway runs deep in Myanmar’s ancient capital

MANDALAY, Myanmar (Reuters) – The stalls of Mandalay’s biggest market are lined with Chinese-made clothes, appliances and cosmetics — a clear sign of the grip Myanmar’s giant neighbour has over the city.

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Freedom carries responsibility

In the pursuit of our rights and in our vision of the good life, we must maintain a sense of balance, moderation and equilibrium.

DECEMBER 10 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (UDHR).

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Myanmar sheds that hermit image

Ceritalah
By KARIM RASLAN

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is being brought back into the limelight by its military rulers led by President Thein Sein.

MYANMAR and Malaysia. It’s highly unusual for the two countries to be mentioned in the same breath – all the more so given Myanmar’s long-standing status as a “pariah” state.

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Yangon: From stately city to crumbling symbol of isolation

YANGON (Reuters) – There are no skyscrapers in Yangon. No gleaming shopping malls. Certainly no subway system. Its rutted sidewalks are laced with treacherous holes and broken slabs of concrete.

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Reuters:Emboldened by Obama, Myanmar maps out reforms

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s government vowed on Saturday to address concerns raised by President Barack Obama, outlining far-reaching plans to make peace with ethnic rebels, gradually release more political prisoners and relax controls on freedom of expression.

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Obama Statement: Clinton to Go to Burma

US President Barack Obama announced in Bali today that he will send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma next month—for the first visit to the country by a US secretary of state since military rule was first imposed nearly 50 years ago.

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New thinking on human rights

REFLECTING ON THE LAW
By SHAD SALEEM FARUQI
Compliance with human rights by a country must be examined both as to domestic conduct as well as international conduct, and theory must always be read in the light of practice.

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A leg up for the marginalised

A Writer’s Life
By Dina Zaman
Author and social commenter Dina Zaman returns with fortnightly insights, starting with providing children who are poor, stateless and refugees with a leg up through early education.

SOMETHING admirable is happening in Sabah and Sarawak – local state agencies and task force bodies have taken upon themselves to educate children who are poor, stateless (undocumented) and of refugee status.

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Mandalay Monks Protest

DVB:Rakhine MPs disqualified by ruling

Three elected representatives of Rakhine (Arakan) Nationalities Development Party have been disqualified by a tribunal of Union Election Commission after rival Union Solidarity and Development Party’s representatives filed complaints against them.

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BBC:US ‘sorry’ for frisking of India ex-leader Abdul Kalam

The United States has apologised after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked at a New York airport.

The government in Delhi complained after the 80-year-old was frisked on board the aircraft, and had his jacket and shoes briefly taken away.

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Mizzima:Burmese monks protest in support of political prisoners

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Five Burmese Buddhist monks have launched a protest in support of political prisoners by locking themselves in a religious hall in Maha Myatmuni Pagoda compound in Maha Aungmyay in Mandalay in central Burma.

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Sea Games 26 U23 Philippines 0-5 U23 Myanmar Highlights 13/11/2011