Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi meets European Union leaders this weekend before heading to Luxembourg for talks with EU foreign ministers and to Strasbourg to pick up a prize she won 23 years ago.
BRUSSELS: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi meets European Union leaders this weekend before heading to Luxembourg for talks with EU foreign ministers and to Strasbourg to pick up a prize she won 23 years ago.
At a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Tuesday, Suu Kyi will finally receive the Sakharov human rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown.The ceremony will be preceded by talks with EU leaders on a joint EU-Myanmar Task Force due to meet in mid-November which will explore ways that Europe can help Myanmar, an EU diplomat said.
Myanmar Army Seeks First Female Applicants
AP YANGON, Myanmar
For the first time in Myanmar's history, the Ministry of Defense is inviting women to join the army.
An advertisement in the Myanmar Ahlin newspaper says the new cadets must be single, at least 5 feet, 3 inches (160 centimeters) tall, between 25 and 30 years of age, and weigh no more than 130 pounds (59 kilograms).
Though they won't be called on to fight, the ad said successful candidates would be offered commissioned posts, starting as second lieutenants.Myanmar's army once enjoyed widespread popularity for fighting for independence from British colonial rule, but support plummeted following military coups in 1962 and 1988.
Corruption in Myanmar: take down the real villains
Naing Ko Ko
Instead of focusing on low-salaried bureaucrats as the main cause of graft, advocates need to go after those at the very top of the centres of powerWhen I started to write about anti-corruption issues in Myanmar on the East Asia Forum, a number of scholars suggested that corruption in Myanmar is principally linked with low wages at governmental institutions. But the logic that the low salaries of public officials increases the amount of corruption does not work accurately in Myanmar. What about corruption among the state's leadership? There are many factors which underpin corruption in Myanmar, such as the lack of a robust political system, weak governmental institutions, opportunity for corruption, monopolistic leadership mechanisms and a moral and value system based on corruption.
For Myanmar’s Kachin Rebels, Life Teeters Between War, Peace
Filed by KOSU News in World News.
Now the Kachin — the last of the insurgent groups that have been fighting the government — have signed a preliminary agreement that could end the conflict.
The agreement falls short of an actual ceasefire, but calls for both sides to work “to end all armed fighting.”Two years ago, Myanmar’s army broke a cease-fire and launched an offensive against the Kachin Independence Army, or KIA. The fighting displaced more than 100,000 Kachin people, a hill tribe who live on both sides of the Myanmar-China border.
Unexploded Bombs Discovered in Burma
Police in Burma say they have found at least two unexploded bombs following explosions that killed two people and injured several others in recent days.
Authorities say one unexploded bomb was found Monday in Mandalay, while another was discovered in Rangoon.
Two people were killed on Friday when an explosion ripped through a guesthouse in the town of Taungoo, about 200 kilometers north of Rangoon. Two blasts in Rangoon on Sunday injured several people.
A police spokesman in Rangoon said the device found Monday was successfully defused before it could go off.
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