Thousands of Burmese remain homeless after communal clashes
IRINMEIKTILA, 20 September 2013 (IRIN) - Close to 4,000 people in Meiktila remain displaced as residents of this otherwise quiet Burmese university town mark the six-month anniversary of one of Myanmar's worst incidents of sectarian violence in decades.
"We're desperate to learn when we can return to our homes," Yee Yee Win, a 40-year-old Muslim woman, told IRIN as she prepared dinner for her seven-member family in an overcrowded camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The camp is set up within the grounds of the local water authorities and houses some 870 residents.
"We don't want to live in this camp any longer. We want to go back as soon as possible," her husband, Than Win, jumped in.
Burma’s Police, Farmers Clash as Six Charged for Trespassing on Confiscated Farmland
Burma’s police and farmers in Naypyidaw’s Popathiri Township clashed early Thursday morning when police raided homes of residents, who are demanding they be allowed to return to farmland confiscated by the Ministry of Information (MOI).Trespassing charges have been filed against six leaders of the residents, who are now in hiding. The six escaped arrest as angry residents of Weigyi village detained almost 30 police officers and allegedly injured seven police.
Central Bank Confirms $7.6B in Burmese Funds Held in Overseas Accounts
NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s Central Bank chairman confirmed recent claims that the government holds billions of dollars of foreign reserves in overseas bank accounts. He said on Friday that a total US $7.6 billion was kept offshore by Burmese state-owned and private banks.
Central Bank Chairman Kyaw Kyaw Maung, President’s Office Minister Soe Thein and Deputy Energy Minister Myint Zaw held a general press conference in Naypyidaw on Friday morning.Asked by The Irrawaddy about recent reports that claimed that the government held up to $11 billion in several bank accounts in Singapore, Kyaw Kyaw Maung said the claims were partially true.
Whistleblower welcomes Burma’s nuclear cooperation
Nuclear whistleblower and former military engineer in the Burmese army, Sai Thein Win, says Naypyidaw is “doing what needs to be done” by signing an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday.
The Additional Protocol would give UN weapons inspectors wider access to facilities that could be used to develop nuclear technology.
In 2010 Sai Thein Win leaked sensitive documents and photographs to DVB, which amounted to evidence that Burma had a nascent nuclear weapons programme.Sai Thein Win says he welcomes Burma’s cooperation with the UN’s nuclear agency.
Burma Shows Flaws in China’s Sino-Centric Foreign Policy
China has been aggressively moving into developing countries across the world, but an inherent flaw in their strategy is slowly coming to light. China’s self-centered approach is alienating governments, activists, and organizations across the world.
China is set to become a world super powerChina has emerged as perhaps the strongest single challenger to American supremacy on the world stage. With an economy that regularly records growth rates in excess of 6 percent per year, and an emerging middle class that may some day replace American and European consumers as the world’s number one engine of growth, China is set to become a world super power.
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