Burma - The Irrawaddy
Govt Wrong to Suggest Wa, China Involvement in Kokang Conflict: UWSA

The United Wa State Army deny government allegations that they support the Kokang rebels and say Naypyidaw is suggesting Chinese involvement to play nationalist politics.

Let Us Stick to Humanitarian Work: Red Cross

The Myanmar Red Cross Society has asked state and divisional governments not to assign its members to support roles within Burma Army units.

Two Injured After Blaze at Mae Sot Migrant School

A fire at a migrant school run by the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot injures two students and destroys four boarding houses.

Authorities Clear Remnants of Michaungkan Protest Downtown

Police raid a land rights protest camp near Sule Pagoda in downtown Rangoon and charge 14 protestors under the Peaceful Assembly Law and municipal ordinance.

Citywide Art Festival to Celebrate Rangoon’s Heritage

Galleries in downtown Rangoon will jointly host exhibitions as part of the Yangon Art and Heritage Festival, to be held across the city next month.

Quality Talk?

Developers and donors are big on “community consultation” ahead of large projects, but are the touted listening exercises really sincere?

Burma Military Wins Rare Praise in War with Ethnic Chinese Rebels

Fighting between the Burma army and ethnic Chinese rebels hands the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media.

Govt Seeks Donations to Restore Bagan’s Ancient Murals

Burma’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library calls on the public to pitch in for preservation of murals in the ancient city of Bagan.

Exiled Singer to Give First Concert in Burma in Two Decades

Mun Awng, a well-known exiled Kachin singer, will hold his first concert in Burma in more than 25 years in Mandalay on March 3.

Spanish Tourist Hospitalized After Mugging in Pegu

A Spanish tourist sustains multiple slash wounds in a mugging near Badagon village in Pegu Township, about 50 miles northeast of Rangoon.

National Sangha Committee Rejects Education Reform Demands

The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, Burma’s highest religious authority, has publicly rejected key planks of student demands for amendments to the National Education Law.

15 Handed Prison Terms for Destruction of Mandalay Muslim Cemetery

A Mandalay Division court sentences 15 Buddhist men to prison terms for destroying the Muslim section of Kyarnikan Cemetery during inter-communal conflict in July 2014.

Kokang Rebels Warn Refugees in China Not to Return As Shan State Fighting Continues

Kokang rebels fighting the Burma Army warn refugees in China not to return to the Shan State’s Kokang Special Region as it remains unsafe. 

Govt Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak in Monywa

The government has confirmed an avian flu outbreak in a poultry farming area in upper Burma, with no reports of human infection so far.

UN Rights Chief Warns Burma Risks Faltering on Reform Path 

The United Nation’s top human right official says Burma is “headed in the wrong direction” amid a crackdown on dissidents and minorities.

Avoid Antagonizing, Election Chief Tells Ethnic Alliance

The chairman of Burma’s Union Election Commission warns an alliance of ethnic political parties not to butt heads with the government.

Fighting Spreads Through Northern Shan State, Displacing Hundreds of Civilians

Heavy fighting between government forces and ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has spread beyond the Kokang Special Region, causing hundreds of civilians to flee.

Health Ministry Slaps Ban on 73 Drinking Water Brands

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that scores of drinking water brands across the country will be banned from market shelves.

Irrawaddy Dolphin Survey Shows Continued Population Decline

A count of Irrawaddy dolphins along the river that is their namesake tallies five fewer dolphins than a similar exercise did last year.

Mogok Residents Protest Against Gems Traders’ Building Planned on Lake

Hundreds of residents of Mogok, Mandalay Division, are protesting against a plan by the local gems traders association to construct buildings on a scenic lake.