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Self Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Myanmar Gems and U.S. Sanctions

The story is here, and begins:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the U.S. will start easing some of its most rigorous economic restrictions on Myanmar following the country’s April 1 by-elections, which came amid continuing political reforms in the country. Does this mean Americans will soon be able to start legally buying Myanmar’s world-renowned gems, which are currently blocked by law in the U.S.?

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Misc.

Political Ephemera from the Myanmar By-Election

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For politics nerds only…

Anasuya is back in Bangkok after covering the recent Myanmar elections.

Imagine my joy, as someone who loves political ephemera, when she showed me the items pictured above.

I may scan in a few of the documents later and share them here, but wanted I post this snapshot for now.

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Thailand

Self Promotion: New WSJ Southeast Asia Real Time Story on Myanmar and the Region’s Labor Market

The story is here, and begins:

As Myanmar tallies the last votes from Sunday’s critical parliamentary by-elections, many business leaders are pondering the implications of the country’s recent run of political reforms. For many Southeast Asia-based companies, the big issue is whether migrant workers from the country also known as Burma decide to return home, resulting in a tighter labor market – especially in Thailand.

Give it a read and please consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, if you’re so inclined.

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Misc.

Myanmar elections: Today’s Front Pages

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Just briefly, I wanted to pass along a snapshot of a few of today’s front pages following yesterday’s landmark elections in Myanmar.

As you can see in the image above, The Bangkok Post ran a photo of some of Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters. The IHT has an image of Suu Kyi herself. And The Wall Street Journal has a front page story about the election. (The photo is of damage caused by the recent bombings in Southern Thailand.)

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Misc.

Myanmar’s Landmark Elections: Following the News

Just briefly: there are stories about Myanmar’s parliamentary by-elections today from Bloomberg, The WSJ, Reuters, The New York Times, and many more.

The latest news, as the AP reports, is that Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party says she has won a parliamentary seat.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Voice of Burma has a liveblog featuring text and video updates.

And for real-time reports with local color, I suggest the following journalists, who are Tweeting from Myanmar: