Burma - The Irrawaddy
Inle Lake Environmentalist to Go on Trip to Antarctica

Environmental activist Nang Phoo Pyi Mon will embark on the 2015 International Antarctica Expedition together with environmentalists from around the world to study climate change.

Rangoon Govt Defends Plainclothes Force as Lawful

The Rangoon Division government defends its deployment of plainclothes men to assist in a crackdown on protesters, claiming that the move was within the law.

KIA Plans to Meet With Govt, Discuss Deadly Shelling

The government and the Kachin Independence Army will meet in Naypyidaw, with the Burma Army’s November shelling of a rebel military academy on the agenda.

Descendants of Last Royal Family Honor Ancestors

Descendants of the Konbaung Dynasty make merit on behalf of their ancestors at the Mandalay Royal Palace for the first time since 1885.

Chinese, Burmese Officials Meet to Defuse Kokang Tensions

Meetings have been held in Muse and Beijing to discuss the ongoing conflict in Laukkai, including the return of thousands of refugees who fled to China.

Court in Burma Sentences 15 to Death for 2011 Gang Murder

A Burmese court sentences 15 men to death for stabbing and killing a man outside a busy restaurant in the commercial capital Rangoon.

China Reportedly Urging Kokang Refugees to Return

A ruling party lawmaker says Chinese authorities are urging thousands of ethnic Kokang refugees to return to the conflict-affected Kokang Special Region in northern Burma.

Women Sing Songs of Empowerment in Rangoon

Some of Burma’s most talented women dazzled audiences in Rangoon to promote empowerment and celebrate International Women’s Day.

China’s Yunnan Province Says It Did Not Host Kokang Rebel Leader

Yunnan Province authorities deny they hosted ethnic Kokang rebel leader Peng Jiasheng rebel leader and say they do not support him in fighting Burma’s government.

Winners and Losers of the White Card’s Demise

The government’s decision to revoke temporary identity cards for 1.5 million people in Burma could presage the rise of ethnic Arakanese voices in politics.

Students, Activists Allege Violence in Rangoon Protest Crackdown

Eight people detained after Thursday’s protest downtown say they were injured by police and a plainclothes mob, and have been threatened with charges.

Minister Predicts ‘No Losses’ in Public Service Media

As Burma’s private daily newspapers struggle to survive in a rapidly evolving media landscape, state-owned newspapers are alive and well.

Wa Asked Not to Provide Arms to Kokang Rebels

The Burma Army summons representatives of the United Wa State Army to ask them not to provide arms or ammunition to rebels in eastern Burma.

88 Generation Denounces Violent Dispersal of Rangoon Protest

Burma’s most prominent pro-democracy group condemns the government’s handling of a Rangoon protest in which baton-wielding police and plainclothes thugs forcibly dispersed a crowd.

Police Crack Down on Student Protests, Harass Irrawaddy Photographer

Police and plainclothes men arrest five student demonstrators and attempt to detain a photojournalist at a protest in Letpadan, following a violent crackdown in Rangoon.

Plainclothes Vigilantes Make a Comeback in Rangoon

In the last two days, two protests in the city have been broken up with the assistance of deputized members of the public.

Students Absent as Parliament Takes Up Education Law

Students fail to attend a parliamentary hearing that they were invited to in order to deliberate amendments to Burma’s controversial National Education Law.

14 Garment Workers Charged with Rioting

Fourteen striking garment workers are charged with rioting—punishable by up to two years in jail—after police disperse labor demonstrations in Rangoon.

Burma Army Shot, Tortured Kokang Civilians During Conflict: Rights Group

The Shan rights group alleges the Burma Army killed, injured and tortured at least 10 ethnic Kokang civilians during the conflict in the Kokang region.

Local Media Slam Authorities for Arresting Journalists

Local media outlets criticize the government after two reporters were detained while covering a labor strike and publicly warned to observe media ethics.