» Approximately 300 Buddhist Rakhine residents stopped a bus full of Muslims who were headed home following a religious ceremony. After beating ten Muslim men to death, the group then set fire to the bus. Many believe the mob’s actions were a response to the recent rape and murder of a young girl allegedly committed by a local Muslim man.
We hope that this will be the beginning of a new era where there will be more emphasis on the rule of the people in the everyday politics of our country.Myanmar pro-democracy figure Aung San Suu Kyi • Speaking about her party’s victory in Sunday’s elections — the National League for Democracy won nearly all of the 45 seats up for grabs, including one for the Nobel laureate herself. Suu Kyi says her party will push for constitutional changes and an end to ethnic conflicts. This may be tough, however — they won 45 seats out of several hundred, and the ones already there are filled by military and military supporters, and the constitution was written by the military. But the success on Sunday was nonetheless a breakthrough for a democratic movement.
» Details still limited: Local officials have as of yet not explained what caused the blast. ”There are many casualties. We are not in a position to give you further information. We are still looking into it,” said a police officer from Mingalar Taungnyunt Township Police Station.
» When preparing to fly into the isolated South Asian country, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was forced to depart early from a stop in South Korea, because the airfield in Myanmar’s capitol lacks runway lights to facilitate nighttime landings. On her schedule for the next three days: a meeting with Thein Sein, the General-turned-President, who despite being viewed as a moderate reformer (compared to the norms under decades of brutal military rule) still has the familiar trappings of a leader wrapped in a fraudulent democratic process — he won the last election with over 90% of the vote. She’ll also be visiting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a dissident who’s been jailed or under house arrest for most of the last twenty years.
U.S. interrupts suspected missile parts shipment: A North Korean ship suspected to have had an illegal shipment of missile parts aboard was turned back by the U.S. Navy nearly two weeks ago. They requested to inspect the ship, but the North Koreans refused and ended up returning home amidst considerable diplomatic pressure. A U.N. resolution passed last year permits member nations to conduct such inspections of North Korean cargo, as a means to enforce a ban on them trading nuclear and/or missile technology. In this case, the ship was bound for Burma (Myanmar). source