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Burmese Independence Leader U Ottama Remembered

Seventy-five years after his death, ceremonies in Arakan State, Rangoon and further afield remember the Arakanese monk who stood up against British colonial rule.

KIA Officer Denies Report of Rohingya Training in Kachin Rebel Area

Officer says KIA would not support an armed struggle by Rohingya group after a video appeared of a meeting between the KIA and Rohingya representatives.  

Japanese-Led Projects Risk Fueling Conflict in Burma: Activists

Dozens of Karen civil society groups are calling on Japan’s international development agency to halt plans for development projects in Karen and Mon states.

Burmese Military Reshuffle Sees New Security Chief Appointed

Recently promoted to lieutenant general, the hotly tipped Mya Tun Oo becomes head of Military Security Affairs, the successor to Military Intelligence.

Burma’s Opposition Parties Welcome Cancelation of By-Elections

The Union Election Commission chief’s surprise announcement that the 35 empty seats will not be contested this year is met with relief.

Burmese Workers Get Lengthy Jail Terms for Pipeline Clash

Ann Township Court hands down sentences to 17 ethnic Chin workers who fought with Chinese colleagues on the cross-Burma oil pipeline project.

Burma Cancels Planned Parliamentary By-Elections

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye makes surprise announcement, saying the country must prepare for a nationwide vote, likely to be held in November 2015.

Activist Racks Up 10 Years in Prison for Rangoon Protests

Rangoon courts have cumulatively sentenced democracy activist Htin Kyaw to a decade in prison with hard labor under controversial laws on peaceful assemblies and incitement.

Mud Volcano Eruption Damages Farmland in Kyaukphyu

Locals say more than 200 acres of rice paddy have been inundated with mud or muddy water after a mud volcano eruption in Arakan State.

Top Govt Official Downplays al-Qaeda Threat to Burma

Following this week’s announcement that al-Qaeda has established a branch in the Indian subcontinent, an official from the President’s Office says Burma need not fear.

Thanlwin Dams Threaten Farmers’ Livelihoods: Academics

Researchers and professors from Burma, China and Thailand raise concerns about plans to build six dams on the Thanlwin River.

The Glass Palace Revisited

Amitav Ghosh,author of the Burma-based novel “The Glass Palace,” has returned to Burma. The Irrawaddy looks back at an interview from his last visit. 

Germany’s Merkel, Burma’s Thein Sein Look at Development Differently

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the visiting Burmese president that she hopes next year’s elections in Burma are open to all candidates.

Shan, Pa-O Rebels Clash Over Territorial Dispute

A firefight between ethnic Pa-O and Shan rebels breaks out over competing territorial claims in southern Shan State’s Maukmae Township.

Dethroned Burmese Beauty Queen and Pageant Officials Tussle Over Tiara

South Korean organizers of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant threatened police action in their row with dethroned Burmese beauty queen May Myat Noe.

Young Rohingya Woman Chases Dream of Peace and Justice in Burma

Twenty-seven-year-old activist Wai Wai Nu has spent a quarter of her life behind bars, and now works to end the persecution faced by her people.

Dethroned Burmese Beauty Queen Blasts Pageant Boss

May Myat Noe says she will not return her bejeweled crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

Burmese Children’s Rights Violated in Thai Detention Centers: HRW

The international rights group details how Thailand’s immigration detention centers risk the health and well-being of child migrants while imperiling their development.

British Migrant Rights Activist Faces Thai Defamation Trial

Andy Hall helped author a report for Finnwatch that detailed poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies employing Burmese workers in Thailand.

Flooding Damages Paddy Fields and Homes in Sagaing

More than 600 acres and some 1,500 homes have been damaged in heavy rains over the past week, according to township administrators and residents.