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Burma: Violent Clashes in Kanbalu

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Simmering tensions between the Buddhist majority and Islamic minority erupted in violence Aug. 25. The conflict began when police in Kanbalu, about 500 miles north of Rangoon, refused to hand over a Muslim man accused in an attempted rape of a Buddhist woman, and spread to at least three other towns. Buddhist mobs rioted, setting [read more]

Burma (Myanmar): Relief Effort Hindered by Junta

Date: May 14th, 2008 | No Comments

The relief effort to help the tens of thousands in crisis after Cyclone Nargis was hampered by the ruling military junta’s refusing to allow large numbers of foreign aid workers into the country. The situation remains dire in the Irrawaddy Delta and travel to Burma should be deferred until the cris [read more]

Burma (Myanmar): Junta Cracks Down on Monks, Protesters

Date: September 26th, 2007 | No Comments

Nine days of peaceful protests led by monks against the military junta that controls the government were met with truncheons, tear gas and some live ammunition Sept. 26. One monk was reported killed. Some 100,000 people marched in Rangoon and large demonstrations were held in other cities, including Mandalay. The junta has a history of [read more]

Thailand and Burma: Flooding to Continue

Date: October 17th, 2006 | No Comments

Floods that began in August have hit central and northern Thailand hard, killing 44 and affecting some two million people in 46 provinces. The floods are unlikely to abate before the end of October because continued rain is forecast. Bangkok has suffered serious flooding and the nearby ancient capital of Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai province [read more]

South and Southeast Asia

Date: January 18th, 2005 | 1 comment

Areas devastated by the tsunami are recovering at different paces, with Aceh province in Indonesia’s Sumatra the hardest hit and farthest from any semblance of normalcy. Many other areas, however, are on the mend and several countries are pleading with tourists to return because their economies depend on them. Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldive [read more]

Burma (Myanmar): Visas on Arrival Now Available

Date: May 12th, 2010 | No Comments

Burma’s military government began issuing visas on arrival May 1 at the international airports in Mandalay and Rangoon (Yangon). The 28-day visa costs $30 and eliminates the need for tourists and businesspeople to obtain visas from Burmese embassies abroad. The government reportedly made the decision to issue visas on arrival in an effort to increase [read more]

Burma (Myanmar): 1 Million Displaced, as Many as 100,000 Killed by Cyclone Nargis

Date: May 8th, 2008 | No Comments

Unless on a humanitarian mission with an official aid organization, now is not the time to go to Burma after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis. Asia’s worst storm since 1991 pummeled the Irrawaddy Delta and Rangoon, killing at least 22,000 people with estimates as high as 100,000 and displacing at least 1 million. The [read more]

Pacific Rim: Taiwan Earthquake Damages Undersea Cables

Date: January 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan Dec. 26 and damaged undersea telecommunications cables, affecting internet, banking and telephone services around the Pacific Rim. Much of the service has been restored but repairs to the cables are expected to take as long as a month. Internet access may be slow or unavailable in so [read more]


Date: May 24th, 2005 | No Comments

Two recent incidents that differed dramatically from incidents in the past have raised concerns among U.S. State Department officials that Burma may be facing a new wave of attacks in the capital of Rangoon. On May 7, three large bombs exploded simultaneously at two shopping areas frequented by foreigners and at a trade center, killing [read more]

South and Southeast Asia

Date: January 4th, 2005 | No Comments

As the relief effort for areas hit by the tsunami builds momentum, Thai officials are implementing an early warning system that will alert citizens to future tsunami dangers, allowing evacuations to take place in time to save lives. Tsunamis are much more frequent in the Pacific Ocean and early warning systems to prevent disaster in [read more]

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