BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Rangoon University Looks to Keep Politics Off Campus

Students in the first undergraduate class in decades at Burma’s most famous university have been asked to sign pledges that put restrictions on their activities.

2013: The Year in Review

A look back at conflict in Kachin State, communal clashes around the country, the World Economic Forum, a commemoration of the 1988 uprising and more.

Protesters Gather at Insein Prison After Presidential Pardon

Five political prisoners are released and dozens more are expected to walk free in early January, but protesters called for their freedom sooner.

Keep Demonstration Permit in Assembly Law: Rights Commission Chairman

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission chairman expresses concern over Peaceful Assembly Law arrests, but says some rules on demonstration permits should remain unchanged.

Govt Reaches Out to Rebel Groups on Upcoming Census

Burma’s immigration minister tries to explain the upcoming national census to the leadership of the country’s numerous armed rebel groups.

Last of the Old Soldiers

Nearly seven decades have passed, but David Daniels is still haunted by memories of his days as a British soldier in WWII.

Burma Pardons Political Offenders

Burma frees five prisoners and more are expected to be released as part of pledge by to free all political prisoners by the year’s end.

Suu Kyi’s Party to Contest 2015 Elections

The National League for Democracy said it will contest 2015 parliamentary elections even if Burma’s Constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.

For the Kids on Burma’s Streets, a Chance for Education

An organization providing informal schooling for children already out on the streets and working faces difficulties keeping kids in lessons.

A Passage to India

Transport yourself to the subcontinent with a meal at The Corriander Leaf.

In Burma, Facebook Is Increasingly Used for Social Activism

Facebook is hugely popular in Burma and lately the social networking site is also increasingly used for social activism.

Growing Grapes in the Golden Land

Against all odds, a German entrepreneur brings winemaking to the tropics.

Burma’s First ‘TechCamp’ to Take Place in January

Organizers say they want to build connections between civil society organizations and those with technical expertise at the US-backed event.

Cooperative Loan System Dogged By Corruption Complaints

Farmers from Naypyidaw’s Ottarathiri Township accuse officials of nepotism and corruption in implementing the government’s cooperative schemes, highlighting long-standing concerns over the decades-old policy.

Fire Destroys Houses in Mae La Camp on Thai-Burmese Border

Some in the biggest camp on the border, which is mainly home to ethnic Karen refugees, say as many as 170 homes were destroyed by a fire.

Ngwe Saung: A Tourist Paradise at the Expense of the Locals

Local farmers, fishermen and coconut tree owners were moved to make way for hotels built by companies with close likes to Burma’s former military junta.

Extremist Monks Hold Talks Throughout Strife-Torn Arakan State

Buddhist monks of the nationalist 969 movement are holding sermons throughout Arakan State, raising concerns over new outbreaks of violence between Buddhist and Muslims.

In Township Development, Civil Society Seeks a Voice

Community-based organizations in Burma want a greater say in how lawmakers use the US$100,000 they have been allotted for development projects in each township.

DKBA Leader Hospitalized in Rangoon, Seeks Overseas Treatment

Democratic Karen Benevolent Army leader, Gen Saw Lah Pwe, has been hospitalized in Rangoon and is seeking a passport in order to receive treatment overseas.

Aung Min Insists Car Licenses Are Not Import ‘Permits’

The Burma government’s chief peace negotiator deflects criticism over licenses which critics say are intended as an economic perk for ethnic leaders.