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Myanmar’s parliament shoots down vote to lessen military control

By Anna K. Poole
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Myanmar | Myanmar’s recent transition toward democracy is still haunted by a half-century of brutal military dictatorship and a junta-era constitution. Last week,

Myanmar claims Rohingya are seeking better jobs, not fleeing persecution

By Anna K. Poole
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Persecution | Myanmar is sick of the Rohingya crisis. In recent weeks, members of the nation’s Muslim minority have captured international attention—including from the…

Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis attracts attention, not answers

By Anna K. Poole
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Persecution | Eighteen countries gathered on Friday in Bangkok to discuss the escalating humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia. Although the conference attracted a lot of…

New Myanmar law mandates three years between pregnancies

By Anna K. Poole
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Myanmar | Myanmar, a freshly forged democracy still shaking off a history of military dictatorship, enacted a highly controversial population law over the weekend…

Human trafficking thrives in Thailand

By Anna K. Poole
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Human Trafficking | Its national image marred by a reputation for rampant human trafficking, Thailand is entangled in another scandal. Tuesday, just days after the grim discovery…

Myanmar’s marginalized Muslims earn country UN rebuke

By Anna K. Poole
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Myanmar | With a half-century of military dictatorial skin to shed, Myanmar is only just beginning to emerge a democracy. As presidential elections approach,

Convert to Christianity in Burma? Get government permission first

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Burma, also called Myanmar, is expected to worsen if a new religious conversion bill makes it into…

Midday Roundup: Obama tweaks the GOP with hints of immigration reform

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Immigration reform? The White House is floating a proposal for immigration reforms by executive order, although officials who “leaked” the plans say the…

Globe Trot: Cyclone Phailin kills few but displaces thousands

By Mindy Belz
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International | NDIA: U.S. headlines proclaim Cyclone Phailin a “disaster averted” due to its low death toll. But Gospel for Asia has completed a…

Globe Trot: Soft sell in Washington for Myanmar democracy

By Mindy Belz
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International | Myanmar President Thein Sein meets in Washington today with President Barack Obama and contends in a Washington Post interview that the army he has presided over…

Film festival provides rare glimpse into Myanmar

By Jordan Lee
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Myanmar | Monks in saffron shrouds waiting in line for a scoop of breakfast rice at dawn. Groups of men with tattooed thighs artfully juggling a woven ball. Myanmar…

Globe Trot 09.17

By Mindy Belz
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International | So much for Washington’s foreign policy pivot from the Middle East to Asia. The Obama administration is working itself into a bigger and bigger twist. On…

 
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