Deadly blast at Egyptian church

Angry Coptic Christians after Alexandria bombing, 1 Jan 11

Egypt blames a suicide bomber with foreign links for a blast which killed at least 17 people at an Alexandria church and sparked a Christian-Muslim clash.

Fireworks in Rio de Janeiro (31 December 2010)

New year revellers usher in 2011

Spectacular firework displays, parties and other celebrations take place around the world to mark the start of the new year.

New Year Message of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon, December 31 —
“On studying my political life at the time of the New Year, I found out three periods – the period of my struggle for democracy and human rights for the people, the period of house arrest and the period after my release.
“In all these three periods, the great majority of people have come out in support of me as well as my aspirations and my struggles. These peoples include leaders of nations, leaders of religious denominations, Nobel laureates, United Nations, European Union, Amnesty International, peoples of United States and many European countries and people of all nationalities in and out of our country.
“I would like to stress my deep gratitude to all these peoples. “I am very happy to note that more enthusiastic and tremendous support has been shown to me by the people including youths on my release from detention this time. I shall relentlessly struggle for bringing about a wide-ranging political and social network for national reconciliation and re-emergence of genuine Union Spirit. Allow me to call on all the people of the country to join with me in this task with renewed vigour. This is my message.”

The cause of democracy shall certainly prevail.
( Signature )
Aung San Suu Kyi

As Aung San Suu Kyi came out of office, the awaiting newsmen requested her to speak a few words in English on the occasion of the New Year eve.
Aung San Suu Kyi in English said: “We hope that we will see a year that is happier for all the people of the world including the people of Burma. We do hope for more inclusive political process in the country that will bring about national reconciliation. We do also hope that there would be greater freedom of information for the sake of journalists and correspondents in Burma.”

2010: A Busy Year on All Fronts

By YENI
The past year has been an eventful one in Burma, with an election, simmering ethnic tensions boiling over and the ruling regime raking in more than enough money to ensure its hold on power.
YEAR-END STORY 

Burma 2011: Asian Friends Will Fill Junta Pockets

By WILLIAM BOOT
Burma economic analysts predict that junta leaders and their cronies will benefit from increased foreign trade, tourism and domestic development in 2011, but the rest of the country will lag behind.
YEAR-END STORY 

Family Life and the Mon Cease-fire

By LAWI WENG
The Burmese junta’s ethnic policies divide both families and the nation.
 

Tay Za To Buy Jail

By THE IRRAWADDY
Tycoon Tay Za will turn the site of Meiktila’s prison into a shopping mall.
 

Junta Media Warns of Neo-colonialist Dangers

By WAI MOE
Neo-colonialists are forcing other governments to target their enemies: Than Shwe.
 

Burma to Ring in Unusually Cold New Year
By THE IRRAWADDY
Parts of Burma are already experiencing unusually cold weather, and it is expected to get colder during the first two months of 2011.
 

NDF Leaders Meet with Suu Kyi, No Policy Discussed
By THE IRRAWADDY
National Democratic Front party leaders meet with Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time since her release from house arrest, but no political policy matters are discussed.
 

From the Emerald Isle to the Golden Land
By SIMON ROUGHNEEN
What do Burma and Ireland have in common? In both countries, ordinary citizens have fallen victim to political shams and voodoo economics, albeit to vastly different degrees.

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