BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

Violence in Kachin State Continues Christmas Eve

A renewed offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels in north Burma this week could prolong ceasefire negotiations, Kachin activists and rebel leaders say.

Minister, Ethnic Leaders to Hold Ceasefire Talks in Chiang Mai

Government peace negotiator Aung Min will meet with ethnic leaders in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for several days of talks on drafting a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Ethnic Traditions Vanishing as Burma Opens Up

Tribal ways – dress, festivals, even languages – passed down countless generations are vanishing as Burma opens its doors wider to the outside world.

Can Myanmar Be a Game Changer in Asean?

As the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, there are many things Myanmar could do to have a lasting, positive impact.

Where are Myanmar’s Strongmen?

Out of sight, but not out of mind, life goes on for the leaders of the country’s hated old regime.

‘I’ve Always Looked for Ways to Expose the Country’s Real Situation’

Pioneering woman filmmaker Shin Daewe discusses her interest in documentary-making, Burma’s political transition and the country’s growing interest in her work.

Police Rescue 56 Burmese Women Trafficked to China Over 11 Months

Burma’s anti-human trafficking police unit, based in Naypyidaw, says a total of 244 trafficking victims were rescued up to November this year.

Burmese Maids Prepare for Work in Hong Kong

Domestic helpers can move abroad to Hong Kong, the second place after Singapore where the Burma government has allowed them to apply for work abroad.

No Progress in Drug Eradication Program: Shan Rebels

The Restoration Council of Shan State says the Burma government has not demonstrated a serious commitment to fighting the drug trade in Shan State.

Prison Term for Reporter Leads to Outcry Over Media Freedom

A three-month prison term imposed on an Eleven Media reporter draws criticism from local and international press freedom groups who said it is too harsh.

At U Thant’s Rangoon Home, an Exhibit to Inspirea

After years of decay, the former home of Burma’s famed diplomat is being converted into a museum.

‘We Rose up Because We Want to Fight Against Feudal Attitudes’

Long-time ethnic Pa-O leader Khun Sein Shwe recalls taking up arms against the Burma government and discusses his worries about the peace process.

Campaign Pushes for Stricter Tobacco Controls in Burma

Anti-tobacco campaigners call for stricter enforcement of a law limiting where smokers can light up, industry advertising and the form sales of tobacco can take.

BMW Fleet Donated for Burma’s Asean Summits

Companies say they will donate as many as 95 luxury cars to chauffer regional and world leaders around during meetings in 2014.

Red Shan Protest Forced Recruitment by KIA

Thousands gather in Kachin State to protest against the forcible recruitment of ethnic Taileng people into the Kachin Independence Army.

‘Peace Permit’ Bonanza Puts Ethnic Groups on Defensive

In efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict in Burma, car import permits appear to be among the factors driving the peace process forward.

Two Kachin Sentenced to Five More Years in Prison for Alleged Bomb Plot

Men already jailed under Unlawful Associations Under get five-year sentences for trying to bomb a government building in Myitkyina.

In Palaung Territory, Govt-Controlled Militias Allegedly Fuel Drug Trade

The Ta’ang rebel army in east Burma says drug production is padding the pockets of government-controlled militias and devastating local communities.

Kokang Rebels Blamed for Deadly Shan State Blasts

Authorities have accused an ethnic Kokang armed group of planning a bomb blast that killed five people on Tuesday evening in northern Shan State.