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Doctors without Borders face barriers

Mizzima weekly journal editor Sein Win interviewed Mr Peter Paul de Groote, the Head of Mission in Burma of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Holland-based medical group which has suspended many of its activities in Rakhine State due to the “antagonism” its medical teams have faced from many residents in the deeply divided region.

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Migrant deadline dilemma

December 14 marks the deadline for migrant Burmese in Thailand to register at National Verification centers. But how ominous is the date and what are the prospects for Burmese migrant workers in Thailand now that Burma is supposedly opening up?

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Nuclear fallout

Following the backlash from a report in a Japanese newspaper that suggested Naypyidaw might still have some military ties to North Korea, Mizzima interviewed Hmu Zaw, the director of the President’s Office.

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Exchange of hearts, not brains, will bring peace

On the first anniversary of President Thein Sein’s publicized call to the country’s armed opposition movements for peace talks, which falls today, 17 August, SHAN has interviewed 7 ethnic leaders.

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Chief Minister must be elected

On 23 July, Tai Freedom, official media of the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), interviewed Lt-Gen Yawdserk, the movement’s leader. The following are the excerpts:

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ARNO President Nurul Islam talks about the Rohingyas’ role in a democratic Burma

An interview with Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) President Nurul Islam about Burmese President Thein Sein’s reform policies and its effect for the Rohingya.

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Arakanese Leaders Comment on Entry of Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD to Parliament

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party the National League for Democracy has entered parliament, despite a disagreement over the oath of office to which she and her party yielded on the use of the current word “safeguard” instead of their demand for use of the word “respect”.

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Exploring Burmese society and culture

Jak Bazino, a French citizen who lived and traveled extensively in Burma from 2001 to 2005, recently published a first novel, Zawgyi, l’alchimiste de Birmanie, which was inspired by his time spent in Burma.

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What is going on on Madae Island, a crucial location on the Shwe Gas pipeline project?

Madae Island located in Kyaukpru Township of Arakan State is a crucial location on the Shwe Gas pipeline project.  It is where a deep seaport for Chinese oil tankers is located.

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‘The idea of commander in chief is similar to the government’

Kyaw Hsan, the union minister of information and culture, gave Mizzima an exclusive interview in the production office of Myanmar Radio and Television in Rangoon on March 18, 2012, marking the inauguration of Mizzima’s return to Burma as a working media organization. Mizzima now operates offices in Burma, New Delhi and Chiang Mai.

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Comedian Zarganar, Khin Nyunt hold meeting

The Burmese comedian Zarganar; director and actor Zin Wine;  directors Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and Kyi Phyu Shin and former intelligence chief and prime minister Khin Nyunt met for a conversation on January 15. On Monday, Zarganar, along with Zin Wine, met with San Pwint, a former major in Military Intelligence who arrested Zarganar two times. Khin Nyunt was ousted and arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 44 years in prison in 2005 on various corruption charges. San Pwint was arrested and charged in the same case. Mizzima correspondent Ko Wild talked with Zarganar about his visit with Khin Nyunt at his home.

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