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A culture of protest and repression

Dear Friend,

Since I last wrote to you, protests by students, workers and other groups continue to be a facet of everyday life in Myanmar. These events are in addition to fighting in the north of the country between government troops and Kokangrebels in and around the Laukkai area bordering China. It is always sad to hear of deaths and injuries from the battlefield.

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Facebook is supposed to bring people together. But it can be divisive and problematic. We only have to look at recent incidents to see how it can incite hatred, anger or misunderstandings.

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A worker hangs a large Chinese national flag covering a local government building to celebrate the upcoming National Day in downtown Qingdao city, eastern China's Shandong province, September 30, 2011. Photo: Wun Hong/EPA

Myanmar’s relationship with China has always been uneasy. After Chairman Mao assumed power in 1949, remnants of the Kuomintang fled into northern Myanmar, creating all kinds of problems for the newly independent government that was already dealing with a widespread armed ethnic insurgency. The US eagerly supported the KMT.

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Myanmar’s media landscape five years on

Dear Friend,

I write to you today from Mizzima’s new headquarters on Pazungtaung Street in Yangon. It is an exciting time for Mizzima, but not only because of our new location. Today, we also celebrate the transition of our Myanmar language Daily News service from print copy to a digital format, as we embrace our drive as a pioneer of a new age of media for a new Myanmar.

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Suu Kyi poses under a portrait of her father, independence leader Aung San, at her family home in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima File
Archive photo of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi posing under a portrait of her father, independence leader Aung San, at her family home in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima File

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was given a heroine’s welcome at Natmauk in Magwe Region on February 13 for celebrations marking the birth in the town 100 years earlier of her father, General Aung San.

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Myanmar soldiers stand guard in front of the three statues of former Kings who founded the Myanmar Kingdom during the 68th Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 27, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA
Myanmar soldiers stand guard in front of the three statues of former Kings who founded the Myanmar Kingdom during the 68th Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 27, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar history is littered with stories about encroaching menaces from abroad. The three warrior Kings – Anawratha, Bayingnaung and Alaungpaya - who are honoured with gigantic statues in Nay Pyi Taw all saw their share of bloodshed.