BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Returning to Burma, and Scratching That Itch

Artist and former political prisoner Htein Lin explains to The Irrawaddy the title of his solo show currently on display at Rangoon’s River Gallery II.

Humanitarian Crisis Looms in Western Burma as Foreign Aid Workers Leave

At least 20,000 people in camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food will run out within two weeks.

Kachin National Park Planned to Protect Monkey Threatened by Logging

An environmental group is working with Burma’s government to create a Kachin State national park to protect the forests of the endangered Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey.

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Urges Burma to Ensure Aid Workers’ Safety

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Burma’s government to protect UN and international aid workers and ensure a peaceful and credible census in troubled Arakan State.

Govt Rejects ‘Rohingya’ Census Classification, Causing Problems Among Muslim Communities

Officials say census teams will ignore households that want register their ethnicity as Rohingya, a move that is causing problems among enumerators in Arakan State.

As Census Kicks Off, Questions and Criticisms Persist

Burma’s nationwide census begins in earnest, accompanied by plenty of controversy but also reports of the population-counting exercise proceeding smoothly.

With Anticipation, Rangoon Youths Prepare for Water Festival

The holiday known as Thingyan is expected to be bigger than ever this year, with more pandals from which to drench passing pedestrians with hoses.

Aid Workers in Arakan Should Be More Sensitive to Local Customs: Official

Recent riots in Sittwe were sparked by the rumored disrespectful handling of a Buddhist flag, prompting an official to caution international aid workers.

Rangoon Land Protesters Undeterred by Late-Night Eviction

Hundreds of people, apparently working for City Hall, forcibly dismantled a protest camp in central Rangoon in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Myanma Freedom Daily Newspaper Suspends Operations

One of two English-language private dailies available in Burma has suspended its operations to build up capacity, according to the publication’s founder.

Win Tin Admitted to Intensive Care Unit in Rangoon

The veteran journalist and outspoken democracy activist was reportedly put on oxygen therapy after losing consciousness, and is now staying at Rangoon General Hospital.

Peace Process ‘On Track,’ Thein Sein Tells Political Parties

Saturday’s gathering at the Rangoon Divisional Parliament was the first time that the president has met with representatives from every political party in Burma.

Resettlement of Meikhtila IDPs Stalled by Funding Shortage

A lack of money hampers efforts to rebuild homes for thousands who remain displaced one year after communal violence hit the central Burma city.

‘The Elders’ Call for Burma’s Peace, Transition to Be More Inclusive

As the group completes its second delegation to Burma, former world leaders note the “mistrust” that blights progress in the country.

Aid Workers Flee, Girl Killed as Attacks Continue in Sittwe

The Arakan State capital was rocked by a second day of attacks on international aid groups, and one girl was killed by police warning shots.

National Education Bill Rejected by NLD-Backed Group

The National Network for Education Reform (NNER) criticizes the government’s proposal for a new law to govern education policy in Burma.

Army Chief Says Ethnic Conflicts Must End for Burma’s Development

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing delivers a speech at a parade in Naypyidaw to mark Armed Forces Day, the anniversary of Burma taking up arms against the occupying Japanese.

Arakanese Mob Attacks Aid Group Offices, Forces Staff to Flee

An Arakanese mob attacked the offices and private homes of Malteser International, a large humanitarian NGO, forcing staff to flee and shut down operations.

Taste the Sky With a Juice Fit for a Prince

A small village outside Mandalay is the best place to enjoy Burma’s traditional toddy palm juice, or “sky beer.”

Air Safety to Be Tested as Burma Braces for Tourism Boom

As Burma’s economy grows and tourist arrivals rise, aviation safety will be put to the test in a country with a checkered air safety record.