Rebel soldiers in eastern Burma are battling not with government forces, but against opium crops that are destroying communities as they succumb to drug addiction.
Rangoon-based journalists say they cannot accept a public service media bill submitted to Parliament by the government this week, criticizing the proposal as self-serving.
“We were told the Tatmadaw is totally committed to peace,” says ethnic representative, as government, army and ethnic groups inch closer to forging joint ceasefire.
Burma’s Upper House removed the right of temporary citizenship card holders to form parties, a decision that could further curtail the rights of Rohingya Muslims.
A journey into northern Burma’s jade-mining town reveals a landscape scarred by years of exploitation, and hopeful miners trying to dig up a fortune.
A second by-election since President Thein Sein took power will take place this year for some 30 vacant seats in the Union and state-level parliaments.
The signing of two new laws marks the official end of a draconian 1962 press law, yet many journalists remain concerned over remaining media restrictions.
About 200 children living at a border IDP camp are—for the time being, at least—effectively orphans of the conflict in northern Burma.
A court questioned witnesses in the case of the detained CEO and four journalists of Unity Journal, who are charged with revealing state secrets.
With a commission established to draft a law on protection of race and religion, President Thein Sein is accused of exploiting religion for political gain.
The opposition leader will meet with writers from Mandalay whom she did not see during an international literary festival that the contingent boycotted last month.
After passengers on missing flight MH370 boarded with passports stolen in Thailand, authorities cracked down on the passport trade, which reportedly also involves Burmese migrants.
The President’s Office has proposed a plan to increase electricity prices for large-scale consumers, which could save more than $270 million in government spending.
An official at the Department of Civil Aviation says Burma is prepared to grant Malaysia permission to continue the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in its waters.
Journalist Bertil Lintner criticizes the peace industry forming in Burma, and says existing ceasefires with the country’s ethnic armed groups are fragile.
Researchers say environmental degradation and illegal fishing along Burma’s largest river are threatening a vital source of food for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.
Ethnic leaders welcome the president’s long-awaited, but brief, visit to the war-afflicted state in northern Burma.
Dawei District villagers will sue a Thai company and a Burmese state-owned firm over environmental damage caused by the Heinda tin mine.
As a new law is passed to protect consumers from unsafe or improper products, observers say law enforcement must be more robust.
Nationalist monk U Wirathu joins protests by Arakanese Buddhists, who oppose the upcoming census because it allows Rohingya to register their identity as they wish.