Myanmar’s e-revolution aids transparency, media control

In the new age of election campaigns, it wouldn’t seem surprising that the two most prominent leaders in the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former speaker Thura Shwe Mann, include Facebook and social media in campaign strategies for general elections on November 8. But in Myanmar, it is one more symbol of the dramatic […]

Political parties wary of foreign election aid

Pledges of financial assistance by six Western governments and the European Union in the run-up to November’s general elections have left political parties confused over who will benefit and the legality of foreign aid. A joint statement on March 3 by the EU and six embassies in Yangon said that as “development partners” they would […]

Myanmar’s Analog Government Goes Digital

Yangon — Myanmar’s government is hoping to take a technological leap forward soon, by putting ministries online and in touch with the country’s increasingly Internet-savvy public. Some government ministries are going online for the first time this week. Myanmar’s government still processes its business the same way it has for decades: with massive bound ledgers […]

Locals prepare petition against Thai coal mine in Shan State

Residents of Monglet Village Tract in Shan State are preparing to present the Parliament a petition against a Thai coal mine project that is being carried out on disputed farmlands confiscated from local villagers who had been forced out. Thailand-based Lumpoon Dun Co Ltd is planning a coal-fired power plant in Monglet Village Tract, Kengtung […]