Saturday, September 22, 2012

Minister Without Borders: Costs for peace paid from own pocket

Friday, 21 September 2012 15:12 S.H.A.N.

Almost a year after he plunged into the peace process, doing his shuttle diplomacy 

between ethnic rebel movements on the border and Naypyitaw, U Aung Min, 

the newly appointed President’s Office Minister # 4 or “Minister Without Borders” 

as he likes to call himself, is disclosing loud and clear for the first time that payments 

for peace are not coming from either the state coffers or the foreign peace support groups,



Price of Gold Skyrockets in Burma

The price of gold has skyrocketed in Rangoon this month from 765,000 kyat 
(US $884) a tical (0.58 oz), to a high of 794,000 kyat ($918) per tical by Sept. 14., 
the highest price ever on gold markets in Burma, the equivalent of $1,588 per ounce.


‘None should be left behind’

Friday, 21 September 2012 14:19 Mizzima News
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, 
Tomás Ojea Quintana, haswelcomed the latest presidential amnesty resulting 
in the release of a number of prisoners of conscience, 

Burma Must Work Together to Prosper: Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON DC—Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged 
her countrymen to work together for prosperity while acknowledging that 
this might not be a simple task to achieve.


Top Hotel Brands Coy on Burma Ventures

The predicted expansion of Rangoon’s hospitality industry to offer world-standard 
accommodation options seems to be stalling with leading hotel brands thinking 
twice before entering the Burmese market.


State-run Burmese newspaper mentions Suu Kyi’s US trip

Friday, 21 September 2012 13:44 Mizzima News
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s US trip has been mentioned for the first time in  
The New Light of Myanmar, a rare sign that Burma’s state-run press is slowly
 opening up to broader coverage of Burmese politics.