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Army-owned Conglomerates Slowly Loosening Grip on Economy: Report

The Burma Army is slowly releasing it monopolistic hold over the economy, but continues to receive the same amount of government funding, a report says.

Burma Govt Claim Muslims in Arakan State Agree to Be Listed as ‘Bengali’

Local Muslims dispute a report in state media claiming 6,000 families voluntarily identified themselves as Bengali rather than insisting on being called Rohingya.

Malaria’s Ground Zero

The global battle against a rise in drug-resistant malaria is heating up; here’s where it started on the Burma-Thailand border.

World Malaria Day: Changes in Disease Control Amid Burma’s Political Transition

Burma’s political transition since 2011 has been positive in many ways for the fight against malaria, particularly in terms of funding for community-based health organizations.

More Public Involvement Planned for Burma Charter Reform Campaign

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former student activists met this week to discuss how to broaden their push to amend the 2008 Constitution.

UN Chief Calls for Burma to Investigate Military Rape Claims

A report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public this week, comes after years of campaigners documenting allegations of rape by Burma Army soldiers.

Mandalay Chief Minister Facing Negligence Charge for House Fire

The divisional chief minister in Mandalay is facing negligence charges after a fire broke out at his home last week.

10 Soldiers Killed in Shan State Clashes: TNLA

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army launches two attacks on Burmese government forces in northern Shan State, killing at least 10 government soldiers.

US Will ‘Consider Seriously’ Requests to Support Burma’s Peace Process

The US Embassy in Burma says it will seriously consider any request from the Burmese government and ethnic minority groups to support ongoing dialogue.

Journalists to Hold Meeting to Plan Media Freedom Campaign

Burmese journalists plan to hold discussions on launching a campaign for greater media freedom and protection of journalists, after several reporters were imprisoned recently.

New Species Related to ‘Penis Snake’ Discovered in Burma

A new species of a strange order of limbless amphibian has been discovered in Burma, according to a report in a journal for animal taxonomists.

Burmese Migrants Strike Over Pay at Thai Seafood Employer

Over 100 Burmese migrant workers in Thailand return to work after staging a two-day strike to demand that their employer compensate them for unpaid overtime.

In North Burma, ‘Tatmadaw Only Fights to Defend Itself’: Govt

The Burmese government blames troops from the Kachin Independence Army for an escalation of hostilities that has displaced thousands of civilians this month.

In Burma, a Spirit Unbowed by Torture

Win Tin, one of Burma’s most dogged democracy campaigners, endured physical and mental abuse for the cause as a political prisoner for nearly two decades.

Project to Tell Stories of Thousands of Political Prisoners

More than 2,000 people have already been interviewed as part of an ongoing project to record the experiences of political prisoners between 1962 and 2013.

In Democratizing, Can Naypyidaw Follow Jakarta’s Lead?

Though a cursory glance at their political trajectories offers some parallels, Burma has much to learn from Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Activists Reach Halfway Mark in March to Myitsone

A group of activists demanding the complete closure of the Myitsone Dam in Kachin State have reached Mandalay, the halfway mark in their march to the controversial project.

During US Visit, KIA Leader Renews Plea for US Role in Peace Process

Gun Maw, deputy commander in chief of the KIA, urged Washington to become involved in Burma’s peace efforts in order to guarantee future minority rights.

Colleagues and Friends Remember Win Tin

People across Burma mourn the passing of democracy activist Win Tin, a veteran journalist and co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Some Foreign Aid Groups Return to Sittwe After Riots

A police official in the Arakan State capital insists that Malteser International staff would be at risk if they return.