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In Pictures: Fire From Above

In Pictures: Fire From Above
Vice

​At the end of the eighth month of the Burmese calendar, when the moon is full, locals from around Shan State gather in the town of Taunggyi to launch hundreds of hot-air balloons packed with homemade fireworks at the Tazaungdaing Festival to mark the end of the rainy season.

Though known as one of the region’s most spectacular events all year, it is also consider one of the world’s oddest, containing hand-powered Ferris wheels, curious carnival games, and cruel animal shows.

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Sectarian Violence in Myanmar Threatens Livelihood of Muslims

Sectarian Violence in Myanmar Threatens Livelihood of Muslims
The New York Times

It has been more than a month since Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots. Broken windows and large dents in the facades of a dozen small Muslim-run businesses are the only visible reminders of when about 300 radical Buddhists rode into town wielding swords and bricks, killing two people.

Less visible are the economic scars. But Myanmar’s Muslim community says politically charged anti-Muslim speech and widespread sectarian violence are threatening their livelihoods.

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Myanmar’s telecoms sector booms, but challenges remain

Myanmar’s telecoms sector booms, but challenges remain
BBC

When Myanmar’s state-run telecoms operator MPT – Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication – launched mobile services in 2000, a Sim card could cost more than $5,000 on the black market, an unthinkable amount to a population where average incomes are less than $100 a month — now they are just $1.50. Overnight the country went from the least-connected market in Asia to one of the fastest-growing in the world.

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Are Myanmar’s reforms backsliding?

Are Myanmar’s reforms backsliding?
Al Jazeera

Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.

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Myanmar’s Last Front

Myanmar’s Last Front
Foreign Policy

Recently displaced Kachin state civilians in Namkham join approximately 120,000 others who have been living in camps in northern Myanmar since 2011, when a 17-year-old cease-fire between the government and the KIA collapsed. Since then, the government has staged a series of offensives against the rebels, most recently in June.

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Myanmar journalists caught up in crackdown

Myanmar journalists caught up in crackdown
Al Jazeera

Days after a stern warning to the media by President Thein Sein, four journalists and the head of a local publication were sentenced to 10 years hard labour for disclosing state secrets.

The guilty verdicts, which were immediately decried by rights groups, come after months of increasing government pressure, which has led to seemingly arbitrary arrests, deportations, and the dispatching of “secret police” to investigate the financial status of local newspapers.

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South China Sea Dispute Overshadows ASEAN Summit

South China Sea Dispute Overshadows ASEAN Summit
The Diplomat

The ongoing dispute over the South China Seas carried into the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the Myanmar capital of Naypyitaw over the weekend as leaders from the 10-member nations uniformly expressed their concern over the escalating situation.

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In Pictures: Just Say No: Myanmar’s Eccentric Anti-drugs Museum

In Pictures: Just  Say No: Myanmar’s Eccentric Anti-drugs Museum
The Wall Street Journal

Equal parts bizarre and educational, Yangon’s Drugs Elimination Museum is massive – an apt metaphor for the scale of Myanmar’s drug problem.

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In Pictures: ASEAN Para-Games

In Pictures: ASEAN Para-Games
Al Jazeera

The 7th ASEAN Para-Games, held in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, drew to a close filled with fireworks on January 20th. Nearly 2,000 athletes from 10 ASEAN countries competed in 12 sports at the newly completed Wunna Theidki Stadium. The multi-million dollar complex was compared to Malaysia’s international standard sporting facilities for disabled athletes.

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Freeing Myanmar’s political prisoners

Freeing Myanmar’s political prisoners
Al Jazeera

President promised to release all political prisoners by end of 2013, but some are calling for more sweeping change.

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