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Candle Protest Planned Against Impending Electricity Rate Hike

Activists in Rangoon plan to hold a candle-lit protest on Wednesday night against an electricity price increase due to take effect on April 1.

Thein Sein Lauds Reforms, Backs ‘Gentle’ Constitutional Change

Three years after his government took the reins from Burma’s military junta, the president reviews the progress that the country has made.

US Congressional Panel: End Persecution of Muslims in Burma

A House committee calls for an end to persecution of Rohingya Muslims in one of the strongest US congressional criticisms yet of Burma’s reformist government.

Govt Complains to Bangladesh Over Rohingya Op-ed

Burma complains to Bangladesh over a Bangladeshi newspaper op-ed claiming that secession of Rohingya-majority parts of Arakan State would resolve inter-communal conflict in western Burma.

In Burma President, Some See Change From Reformist to Nationalist

President Thein Sein pushes “protection of race and religion,” evincing a nationalistic impulse that would appear at odds with the reformist mantle he has cultivated.

Arakan Officials Ask Rohingya to Leave Census Race Question Blank

The Arakan State government asks Muslim leaders in Sittwe to urge their fellow followers of Islam not to identify their “race” in Burma’s upcoming census.

Anti-Genocide Group Sounds Warning About Burma

A former US congressman who visited camps housing displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Burma warns that “the building blocks of genocide are there.”

Burma’s Govt Drafting New Film Law

The government hopes to submit a draft Motion Picture Law to Parliament this year, with Burma’s erstwhile film censors saying it “won’t have serious limitations.”

In Mandalay Writers Meeting, Suu Kyi Addresses China Concerns

Aung San Suu Kyi says the government must protect Burma’s citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence among all nationalities.

Army Lost 2 Helicopters, Suffered Heavy Personnel Losses in Past Kachin Offensive: Report

Two Burma Army helicopters were shot down, while thousands of soldiers might have died during fighting with Kachin rebels in 2011-2013, a defense magazine claims.

Mon State Likely to Pass Mother-Tongue Teaching Bill

A proposal to the state’s legislature calls for Mon-language teaching to be allowed in government schools, which currently only teach in Burmese.

NLD Patron Visits Dr. Cynthia’s Clinic on Thai Border

The National League for Democracy patron pays a visit to the renowned Mae Tao Clinic for Burmese refugees and migrants in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Report Says Tatmadaw’s Targeting of Civilians ‘Ongoing,’ Urges Reforms

Burma’s military continues to target civilians in its operations against rebel armed groups, according to a report by a US-based human rights institute.

Suu Kyi Calls on Public to Join Demonstrations for Constitutional Reform

People should “be brave and rid themselves of fear in order to create the country they want,” opposition leader says, while appealing for constitutional reform.

Burma’s Marine Eden Braces for Tourism

The Mergui archipelago remains a Lost World of some 800 mostly untouched islands, but developers are readying to bring large-scale tourism.

Thousands to March for Termination of Burma’s Myitsone Dam

Protesters fear that the stalled hydropower project on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State will be restarted, amid pressure from the development’s Chinese backers.

Question of ‘Federal Army’ Looms Over Burma’s Peace Process

Ethnic armed groups want to join a future Burma Army while maintaining control over their areas, a demand that is deemed unrealistic by some experts.

Burma Begins Passport Scheme for Migrant Workers in Thailand

Migrant rights activists say the new process only adds complexity, and rules out many workers who do not possess the correct Burmese documentation.

One Dead in Kachin IDP Camp Fire

An accidental fire at one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State claims the life of a 13-year-old girl.

Burmese Surrealist Sticks to His Guns

Having poured out his feelings on canvases for nearly 50 years, surrealist artist San Minn has saved enough paintings for his third “Gun Series” show.