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· August, 2009

Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from August, 2009

Myanmar: Tension in the Sino-Burmese border

  31 August 2009

ESWN collects news reports on the military conflict between the Burmese government and the Kokang Ceasefire Group near the Sino-Burmese border. The situation has been getting worse in the past few days and thousands of Burmese refugees fled to China. Last Friday, a bomb fired across the border killed one...

Myanmar: Cooking oil ban removed

  31 August 2009

According to The Irrawaddy News, seven brands of cooking oil that had been banned for health reasons in Myanmar are now on sale again in Yangon after government authorities recommended their sale in the market.

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Southeast Asia: Twitter reactions on Suu Kyi guilty verdict

  13 August 2009

Myanmar opposition leader and global democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for violating the terms of her detention. Suu Kyi’s conviction was condemned by world leaders, Burmese activists, and also bloggers. Twitterers based in Southeast Asia also reacted to the “harsh” sentence

Singapore: Reaction to Aung San Suu Kyi verdict

  12 August 2009

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement expressing disappointment that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour. But the Ministry also recognized the “significant gestures” by the Myanmar Government

Fake eggs in Myanmar

  7 August 2009

Today in Myanmar reports that fake eggs are being sold in some areas in Myanmar. The fake eggs were allegedly transported from neighboring countries.

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Myanmar: Buddhists Outraged by Actor's Photo

  7 August 2009

A controversial photo of a Burmese actor and his friends wearing saffron robes was posted on a popular Burmese blog, creating a severe outrage within the Burmese Buddhist community. GV author Tan translates a few Burmese blog posts.

Myanmar: Actor in Monk Photo Scandal

  7 August 2009

A controversial photograph of a popular Burmese actor and his friends posing in saffron robes on the day of their ordination at a Buddhist monastery was published on a popular Burmese Website on Tuesday causing outrage and a severe backlash.

Southeast Asia: Internet and Nationalism

  4 August 2009

The Internet is increasingly being used by many Southeast Asians for various nationalist campaigns. This trend is positive in so far as it expands and improves the political participation of ordinary citizens. However, there are also ultra-nationalist online initiatives which prevent the formation of regional solidarity in Southeast Asia.

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