BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Slow Connectivity at the India-Burma Border

Linkages between Burma and India’s remote northeast have been in the works for more than 20 years, but progress remains underwhelming.

Media Group Criticizes Deportation of Burmese Journalists

A Southeast Asian press watchdog raises concerns after Thailand hands over two Burmese media professionals to Burmese authorities for prosecution.

NLD Urges Less Restrictive Campaign Rules for 2015 Elections

The National League for Democracy calls for changes to recently issued campaigning rules, saying they may not allow for free and fair elections in 2015.

Landslide Kills 5 Civilians in Kachin Camp

Five people were killed after a landslide hit a camp for displaced Kachin civilians near Laiza, Kachin State, on Tuesday, following days of heavy rain.

Clashes Continue Between SSA and Burma Army

Fighting on Sunday and Monday disrupt aid to a monastery where hundreds of people have taken shelter after fleeing their homes about two weeks ago.

Investigator Meets With Thilawa Residents Over JICA Complaint

An independent Japanese investigator met with villagers displaced by the Thilawa SEZ to discuss their complaint over JICA’s approach to the investment project.

Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

State media reports that the science and technology minister told Parliament about plans for nuclear research “when the required infrastructure has been built.”

Thais Find a Spiritual Home in Yangon

A downtown shrine has become a major draw for Thais seeking otherworldly assistance.

Burmese Refugee Headcount Begins, Sparking Fears of Forced Repatriation

Thailand soldiers start counting refugees in the country’s biggest refugee camp, Mae La, which is home to about 43,000 people.

NLD Says 5 Million Sign Petition to Change Constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of Burma’s Parliament.

Appeal Filed in Unity Journalists’ Case

Magwe Divisional Court will hear the case of four reporters and CEO who were given jail sentences of 10 years with hard labor this month.

New UN Rights Rapporteur Meets With Rohingya, Arakan Leaders

Yanghee Lee, the new UN rapporteur on the human rights in Burma, met with leaders of the Arakanese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities in Sittwe.

Thai Authorities Hamper Food Deliveries to Burmese Refugee Camp

Thousands of Burmese at a refugee camp in Thailand struggle to feed themselves as food supplies are interrupted by Thai authorities, an aid worker says.

Mandalay Curfew Shortened by Two Hours

Authorities say residents can now leave their homes at 3 am, as the situation has normalized after riots rocked Burma’s second-biggest city earlier this month.

Burmese University Students Protest Education Bill

The government’s national education bill limits academic freedom and students’ rights to join political movements, according to university students in Mandalay.

Martyrs’ Day Observed on a Grand Scale

The Burmese government took a greater role this year in commemorative activities to honor the late Gen. Aung San and eight of his fallen comrades.

Thailand Arrests 3 in Burma Newspaper Trial

Thai authorities arrested the publisher of Burmese journal Bi Mon Te Nay, his wife and an employee, and handed them over to Burmese officials.

Two Civilians Killed in Renewed Clashes in Northern Shan State: TNLA

A spokesman says government troops attacked ethnic Palaung rebel troops after they entered a village to discuss opium eradication with locals.

Authorities Find Rape Case Causing Mandalay Unrest Was Faked 

The alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in Mandalay was fabricated, authorities say.

US Says Burma Journalists’ Sentences ‘Send Wrong Message’

Washington says it is “very concerned” by reports that four journalists and a newspaper boss were sentenced to 10 years’ hard labor in Burma.