Burma - The Irrawaddy
Film Set for Premier on 60th Anniversary of Burma’s First Hijacking

“With the Dawn” will be screened for special guests and the press on June 25, but will not go on general release in Burma until October.

Karen Rebel Leaders Meeting Burmese President, Army Chief in Naypyidaw

A spokesman for the Karen National Union says a delegation led by Mutu Say Poe is in the Burmese capital for regular talks.

Thai Coup Brings Border Blues for Traders

Merchants with a stake in the off-the-books trade in Mae Sot say business has taken a hit since the Thai military staged a coup.

Karen Groups Back Suu Kyi Constitutional Reform Campaign

A meeting of Karen parties, armed groups and NGOs reiterated calls for a federal union, while offering support for the NLD’s constitutional reform campaign.

Group to Target Unhealthy School Snacks in Burma

A Rangoon-based consumer advocacy group seeks to rid Burmese schools of snacks containing harmful chemicals and food additives.

Suu Kyi’s Attendance ‘Unsure’ at Planned Sittwe Reform Rally

Her constitutional reform roadshow is due to hit Sittwe, but it is not yet confirmed whether she will speak in the troubled Arakan State capital.

Despite Reforms, Burma’s Schools Resume With Textbook and Teacher Shortages

As students return to classes after the summer holiday in Burma, public schools are still understaffed and lack adequate supplies of textbooks.

Unilever Banners in Burma Used Extremist Symbol

Consumer products giant Unilever scrambles to remove advertising banners that prominently display the symbol of an extremist movement blamed for anti-Muslim attacks.

Thilawa Residents Formally Complain to Tokyo

In the first formal complaint filed under JICA’s objection procedures, three residents list the negative effects of Japanese investment at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

NLD Slams Election Commission’s ‘Inappropriate’ Warning for Suu Kyi

The opposition party says the claim that its leader was speaking “outside the boundaries of the Constitution” during a recent rally are false.

Policy Reform Needed to Stem Burma’s Resurgent Drug Trade: Report

Burma and its neighbors should reform their drug control policies, as the current approach fails to address growing drug trade and use problems, researchers say.

State Govt Rejects Hakha Meeting for Charter Change

A meeting to push for amending Burma’s Constitution in Chin State is prohibited, with locals saying the refusal is having a chilling effect on activism.

Charter Must Be Amended After Dialogue With Ethnic Rebels: Thein Sein

Amid an opposition campaign calling for amendments, the Burmese president says in his monthly radio address that “a living, breathing Constitution is always evolving.”

Burma, Bangladesh at Odds over Deadly Border Clash

Bangladesh accuses Burmese troops of firing on its border guards days after an earlier exchange of fire left one Bangladeshi guard dead.Bangladesh accuses Burmese troops of firing on its border guards days after an earlier exchange of fire left one Bangladeshi guard dead.

Member of Bangladeshi Border Guard Killed by Burmese Police

A Burmese border guard officer says a member of the Border Guard Bangladesh was killed when a clash broke out between the two sides.

Rangoon Rental Costs in the Spotlight After Unicef Outcry

The World Health Organization admits its office in Burma’s former capital costs $79,000 per month, as international organizations face calls for transparency.

Burmese Ministry Warns Staff to Avoid Politics

The minister of agriculture and irrigation tells staff members not to participate in the National League for Democracy’s signature campaign for constitutional reform.

Project Aims to Get Disabled Burmese Children Into Mainstream Schools

Beginning in Rangoon and Irrawaddy divisions, a rights group is launching a project to enable more children with physical or mental disabilities to get an education.

Asia Feminist Forum to Discuss Burma’s Interfaith Marriage Bill

Burmese women plan to raise their concerns about the controversial bill to restrict interfaith marriage during a major conference of activists in Thailand.

Earthquake of Magnitude 5.9 Hits Burmese-Chinese Border

Epicenter of tremor reported to be on the Kachin State border with China, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties or damage.