BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Burma’s Rebel Leaders Want Army Chief Involved in Peace Talks

Leaders of an ethnic armed group alliance make first visit in decades to Rangoon to build trust in the peace process.

Myanmar’s Work Hopes Still Up in the Air

With more than a third of the country’s workforce unemployed, the government has a big job on its hands.

When Mob Was Rohingya, Burma’s Response Ruthless

In Arakan State, three-quarters of the victims of sectarian violence have been Muslims, but it is they who have suffered most at the hands of security forces.

Public Service Media Unlikely Before 2015 Elections: Minister

Burma’s Information Minister Aung Kyi says it could be late 2015 before state broadcaster Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) becomes a public service outlet.

Children of Mone Gone Village on the School Run—By Boat

The daily commute to school for children living in the shadow of Mandalay Division’s Mt. Popa takes them across a dam reservoir.

Arakan NGO to Hold Fundraising Concert for Conflict-Affected Children

Donations, to go toward educational resources for children in conflict zones, have so far come from Qatari firm Ooredoo and Burma’s former spy chief Khin Nyunt.

Strings Collaboration Celebrates Franco-Burmese Ties

The Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and a French string quartet join forces to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Franco-Burmese diplomatic relations.

Police Close Chinese Marriage-Fixing Agency on Burma-China Border

Burmese and Chinese police cooperate to close down a Chinese bride matching agency that illegally attempted to arrange marriages between Burmese women and Chinese men.

Peace Talks Turn to Future Federal Army Structure

Questions on how to structure a military that incorporates Burma’s ethnic rebel armies are raised during a meeting between political leaders and an ethnic alliance.

Drugs, Guns Seized in Shan State Raid

A joint force of anti-narcotics police and army troops captures weapons and nearly US $250,000 worth of heroin and other drugs in northern Shan State.

Resettle Political Refugees in Third Countries: Rights Group

A human rights organization said some Burmese former political prisoners in Thailand should be resettled in third countries, as they do not want to return.

Govt Rejects UN Calls for Rohingya Citizenship

Burma rejects calls by the UN General Assembly to grant the stateless Muslims citizenship, saying it does not recognize the existence of a “Rohingya minority.”

Burma and Russia to Increase Military Cooperation

Burma and Russia are seeking to cooperate on military technology and strengthen relations between the two nations’ armed forces.

Rangoon’s Street Food Attracts Diners, But It May Not Be Clean

The low cost and convenience of food sold at the many small stalls around Burma’s commercial capital is an overwhelming draw.

Kachin Clashes Leave IDPs out in the Cold

Around half of the 2,000 civilians displaced by the latest outbreak of fighting in Kachin State are still hiding in the jungle.

Rangoon Court Sentences 6 More Activists Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Courts in Burma have now convicted 57 people for holding protests since the law was brought in less than two years ago.

Lawmakers Allotted $5,000 Each for Local Development Projects

Parliament has approved a proposal that allots US $33 million to Burma’s 664 lawmakers so that they can fund development projects in their constituencies.

Three Arrested for Attempt to Bomb Rangoon Religious Buildings

Police said they arrested three men last week who were preparing to bomb religious buildings in Rangoon. Reportedly, the targets in the city were mosques.

Activists Launch Campaign to Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women

Civil society groups are holding a ceremony at Rangoon’s People’s Park on Sunday to launch 16 days of campaigning for women’s rights.

Burmese Beauty Queen Wins ‘Miss Popular’ Award

Burmese contestant Htar Htet Htet has been named “Miss Popular” at the first-ever Miss Grand International beauty contest in Bangkok, Thailand.