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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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‘They ordered me to renounce my monkhood’

Abbot Ashin Wayponela,  aka Win Tin of Shwebonetha monastery in Mandalay, was released from Yamethin Prison under the recent amnesty. He was arrested in connection with a communal riot case between Buddhists and Islamists in Taungoo and received a 22-year prison term; he served more than 10 ½  years in Taungoo, Mandalay and Yamethin prisons. Mizzima reporter Ko Wild interviewed him on his prison experience and his future plans.

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I am ‘on the road’

(Interview) – The abbot of Maggin Monastery, U Einda, 52, has been a monk for 32 years. He was released from Lashio Prison on Friday. He was arrested in connection with his support of the 2007 “Saffron Revolution.” Mizzima reporter Phanida talks to him about prison life, being re-ordained as a monk, President Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi and the future of Burma.

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88-generation leaders meet with Suu Kyi

(Interview) – 88-Generation Students met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday to talk about their statement: “The Attitude of 88-Generation Students on the current political atmosphere and landscape” issued on December 5. The group will not run candidates elections until all political prisoners are released. Suu Kyi and former army captain Win Htein of the National League for Democracy (NLD) attended the meeting. 88-Generation Students included Soe Tun, Tun Myint Aung, Sanchaung Ko Ko Gyi, Mi Mi Lwin, Nu Nu Aung and others. Mizzima reporter Tun Tun talks with Tun Myint Aung about the current political landscape, the by-election, Parliament, ethnic issues and the group’s future plans.  

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SSA South: We still support the UNFC

The following are the excerpts from the interview with the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) spokesman Maj Lao Hseng on Monday, 19 December:

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Derek Mitchell: Burma policy point man

(Interview) – Derek Mitchell, the special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, talked with reporters at the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Tuesday, at the end of his visit to brief Chinese officials on recent U.S. talks with Burmese officials. The interview includes the U.S. view of recent reforms by the new Burmese government, regional security, ethnic minorities and cooperation between the U.S. and China regarding reforms in Burma. The interview, provided by the U.S. State Department, has been edited for length.

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Interview: 62nd anniversary of anti-feudalist revolution

A ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the Pa O people’s revolution against feudalism was held on 11 December in Kawng Moong Mong, opposite Maehongson. The following is the interview with Khun Thurein of PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO).

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