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Burmese military cracks down on copper mine protest

By John Roberts, December 3, 2012

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played a key role in supporting the government by defusing anger over the project.

Obama’s trip intensifies US push into South East Asia

By Peter Symonds, November 20, 2012

The US focus on the region is part of a broader diplomatic offensive aimed at undermining China’s position throughout Asia.

New ethnic violence in Burma’s Rakhine state

By John Roberts, November 3, 2012

At least 88 people have been killed, 4,600 homes burnt down and 22,000 people left homeless, the vast majority being Muslims.

The US re-engages with Burmese military

By John Roberts, October 23, 2012

Under the guise of discussing “human rights”, a large US delegation set the stage last week for the resumption of military ties with Burma.

US leaders fete Burma’s “democracy icon”

By John Roberts, Peter Symonds, October 9, 2012

Suu Kyi toured the US not as a critic of, but rather as an ambassador for, the military regime.

HRW report details persecution of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims

By John Roberts, Peter Symonds, August 30, 2012

The Human Rights Watch report found that the Burmese security forces stood aside when communal violence erupted, then went on a rampage against the Rohingya.

Burmese regime opens up to Western investment

By John Roberts, August 4, 2012

After decades of US-led sanctions, the military government is seeking to reduce its dependence on China, and attract foreign capital.

Communal clashes in Burma

By John Roberts, June 18, 2012

Violent conflicts in the western state of Rakhine are threatening the accommodation between Burma’s military-backed government and the opposition.

Singh promotes Indian interests in Burma

By Sarath Kumara, June 4, 2012

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.

Washington eases economic sanctions on Burma

By John Roberts, May 23, 2012

US efforts to forge stronger ties with Burma are not aimed at promoting democratic rights, but are part of its aggressive campaign to undermine Chinese influence in Asia.

US welcomes outcome of sham elections in Burma

By John Roberts, April 4, 2012

The opposition National League for Democracy won the overwhelming majority of seats in by-elections last weekend.

US encourages Burma to distance itself from China

By John Roberts, February 23, 2012

The US has signed a waiver ending formal US opposition to the World Bank conducting economic assessments of Burma, potentially paving the way for international economic aid.