BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Burmese Politicians Will Head to Chiang Mai to Meet Rebel Leaders

A group of 12 politicians representing political parties in Burma will travel to northern Thailand this week to meet with an alliance of ethnic armed groups.

NLD Claims Overwhelming Public Support for Amending Constitution

An opinion poll conducted in Naypyidaw by the National League for Democracy indicates overwhelming public support for amending Burma’s military-drafted Constitution.

Burmese Migrant Workers Fret Under Malaysian Authorities’ Scrutiny

Burmese migrant workers say local authorities are making a difficult situation worse by rigorously enforcing legal checks on the foreign worker population in Kuala Lumpur.

Senior KIA Figure Visits Rangoon, Fresh Fighting In Kachin State – Updated

Fighting between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army continued over the weekend in southern Kachin State, where fresh clashes displaced about 2,000 villagers.

Stigma Against HIV on Agenda as Burma Joins Regional Conference

More than 50 Burmese delegates, including government health officials, are traveling to Thailand for a major regional conference to fight the spread of HIV.

Balloon Festival Lights Up Shan Mountains

At an annual festival at Taunggyi, teams of locals send homemade balloons, and masses of fireworks, into the night sky.

OIC Chief Visits Rohingya Camps: ‘I Was Crying’

The secretary general of the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said emotional visits with Arakan State’s Rohingya Muslim community brought him to tears.

Many Tastes, All in One Place

The Taing Yin Thar ethnic food restaurant offers a crash course in Myanmar’s culinary diversity

Myitkyina Court Sends Four to Prison for Being KIA Members

Four ethnic Kachin men were each sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for being members of an illegal rebel organization.

Blair Follows in Clinton’s Footsteps at Myanmar Peace Center

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair tells an audience in Rangoon of the international parallels with Burma’s peace process.

Naypyidaw Authorities Block NLD Poll on Constitutional Reform

Authorities in Burma’s capital Naypyidaw are preventing the National League for Democracy from conducting a public opinion poll on the need for constitutional reform.

OIC Delegation Met By Angry Protesters in Sittwe

Thousands of Buddhists demonstrate in Arakan State against a visit by officials from Islamic countries.

Gen Aung San to Once Again Feature on Burma’s Bank Notes

A Central Bank official confirms that the financial institution will work with the government to issue bank notes featuring the image of Burma’s independence hero.

Ne Win’s Grandsons Among 69 Released Political Prisoners

President Thein Sein pardoned 69 political prisoners on Friday. Two grandsons of the late Burmese dictator Ne Win are among those who are set free.

Police Open Fire, Injure 7 Protesters at Burma’s Letpadaung Mine

Villagers say police fired indiscriminately into a crowd near the controversial project on Thursday evening.

Buddhist Protests Continue as OIC Prepares for Arakan Visit

Protests against the visit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation continued on Thursday, while further demonstrations are expected during the delegation’s visit to Arakan State.

Europe May Give $850M More in Aid to Burma

The European Commission says funding in the next seven years will target rural development, education, governance and peace building.

Former US President Clinton Praises Burma Transition

Speaking in Rangoon, former US President Bill Clinton talks up Burma’s political reforms, calling its transition from military rule to a nominally civilian government “remarkable.”

Burmese Orchestra Joins With French Quartet for Concerts

Members of the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra are set to perform with a French string quartet for domestic concerts before performing at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Forum Emphasizes Need for Women’s Voices in Peace Process

Some 300 Burmese and international women’s activists gather in Rangoon to discuss the role of women in peace-building and the ongoing reform process in Burma.