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Timber Elephant Camp Falls Quiet, Sets Hopes on Tourism

At Myaing Hay Wun logging camp, elephants and their handlers have become jobless recently, and the camp now hopes to become a tourist attraction.

A Bid for Better Health Care

A silent auction for traditional Burmese parasols is offering Rangoon’s philanthropically inclined the chance to help build a sustainable health care system for local communities.

Chinese Tourists Flock to a ‘Pleasant Village’ of Gambling Dens in Burma

In far eastern Shan State, the rebel group controlling the enclave around Mong La has set up a booming gaming hub in a once-small village.

Veterans of the Karen Insurgency Face a New Struggle

Former soldiers of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army are left destitute after losing their limbs to landmines in eastern Burma’s jungles.

Mong La’s Moveable Feast of Endangered Beasts

In the unruly enclave on the Burmese-Chinese border, tiger paws, leopard skins, pangolins and monkey penises are openly sold, mostly to Chinese visitors.

Burmese Students Demonstrate Against National Education Bill

Students’ unions say that a new piece of legislation covering Burma’s education system does not free universities from government control.

Clay as a Weapon

In political satire, art becomes a powerful form of protest, especially in countries and under regimes where dissent and freedom of speech are forbidden.

‘Made in Myanmar’—and With Vivid Colors

Artists select bright hues to depict life in their native Burma in a collection of paintings on display at a gallery in downtown Rangoon.

Well-Known Burmese Painter Aung Myint Puts on Show in Rangoon

In his 14th solo show in Rangoon, titled “14 A.M,” Aung Myint brings a new series of paintings called “Faces.”

Laiza Under the Gun

In Laiza, the headquarters of the rebel Kachin Independence Army, a war-weary town and its residents have seen better days.

Watercolors Bring Clarity to Burma’s Everyday Struggles

The work of 13 Burmese artists who specialize in watercolor painting is currently on display at Lokanat Gallery in downtown Rangoon.

Blue Plaques to Bring Attention to Rangoon’s Colonial Buildings

The Yangon Heritage Trust launches an initiative to provide descriptions of historical sites throughout Burma’s biggest city for interested passerby.

Recent Unrest Fails to Dampen Spirit of Mandalay Nat Festival

Communal violence in Mandalay last month hasn’t deterred revelers from converging on a shrine outside the city to celebrate Burma’s most beloved nats.

Hundreds of Pegu Residents Affected by Floods

Pegu town has been affected by severe flooding after heavy downpours hit lower Burma in recent days and caused the Pegu River to burst its banks.

For a Photographer, Looking Beyond the News Cycle

The Irrawaddy’s snapper Sai Zaw travels as he captures the news of the day, but he also takes time to capture more lasting images.

A Sculpted Homage to Burmese Hero Win Tin

US-based artist Jim McNalis has in the past tackled Aung San Suu Kyi, former student leader Min Ko Naing and Snr-Gen Than Shwe.

Enlightenment on Canvas

A Rangoon exhibition offers depictions of the Buddha’s life, with an emphasis on scenes in which he is tempted by the archangel of evil.

Risky Business for Rangoon’s Labor Class

At workshop after workshop, extremely dangerous labor conditions are the norm in Rangoon’s industrial zones.

K-Pop Girl Band ‘2NE1’ to Play Rangoon

Tickets to see the South Korean all-girl group in Burma’s former capital on Saturday are on sale for up to $900.

Seeking Independence, Opium Eradication in Palaung Territory

The Palaung, or Ta’ang, live in northern Shan State and are fighting wars against both the Burmese government and the scourge of opium.