Capital-hungry Myanmar firms cautiously drawn to Singapore listings


SINGAPORE/YANGON Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:11pm EST
(Reuters)At Yangon International airport, large blue and white signs in the arrival and departure halls promote Singapore’s stock exchange as the go-to destination for Myanmarbusinesses seeking capital.


Latest Myanmar violence blamed on religious and ethnic extremists

The Buddhist mob mutilated and burned Khin Naing so severely his son couldn’t recognise the body, one of series of attacks that suggest a resurgence of a monk-led movement in Myanmar accused of stoking violence against Muslims.

Flies were buzzing around the bloodied patch of earth outside a ransacked mosque in Tha Phyu Chai village where police removed Khin Naing’s body after he was hacked to death by ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.

“He couldn’t run fast enough from the Rakhine people,” said his son, Tun Tun Naing, 17, who emerged from hiding to identify his father’s corpse from what remained of his charred clothing.


Foreign investment in Myanmar surges, office rents sizzle

By Aung Hla Tun and Jared Ferrie

YANGON, Sept 20 | Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:56am EDT

(Reuters) – Myanmar has approved more foreign direct investment in the past five months than all of last year, but companies setting up operations in the hot frontier market face a growing problem: Southeast Asia’s highest office rental rates.


In the new Myanmar, an old junta’s laws survive and adapt

By Jared Ferrie and Aung Hla Tun

YANGON | Thu Sep 5, 2013 6:42pm EDT

(Reuters) – It was once the feared weapon of a military junta, ruthlessly deployed to restrict Myanmar’s nascent Internet and throw journalists, students, monks and other political opponents behind bars.

The junta is gone, but the Electronic Transactions Law and other draconian legislation remain on Myanmar’s books. Attempts to revamp them are stirring debate over the reformist credentials of the semi-civilian government that took power in 2011 and how far it will loosen tough state controls.


Gingerly, film-maker tests limits of freedom in Myanmar

 YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar movie director Zay Par is doing what would have been unthinkable two years ago – putting the finishing touches to a film that harks back to a 1988 student uprising brutally put down by military rulers.

 Hunched in front of a computer in a cramped room in Yangon, Zay Par says he is testing the boundaries of newfound artistic freedom that has blossomed since the junta handed power to a hand-picked civilian government in 2011 – but very carefully.

 “We will show our edit to the censorship board and they will decide whether to allow it or not,” the 35-year-old said.


South Sudan’s ‘State Actors’ Turn on Journalists and Aid Workers

JUBA , Jun 27 2013 (IPS) – Since age 18, Zechariah Manyok Biar fought in the revolutionary army that won South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in July 2011. But now the 28-year-old is in exile from the country he helped liberate.

The former civil servant from the South Sudanese Ministry of Roads and Bridges wrote opinion pieces critical of the government that were published on the Paris-based Sudan Tribune’s website. Biar was forced to flee South Sudan in December 2012 after receiving information that members of the country’s security forces were planning to kill him.