BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
The Forgotten General of Burma’s Army

Born 107 years ago on Monday, ethnic Karen General Smith Dun has been written out of Burmese military history.

Migrants Left in Limbo After Burma Postpones Temporary Passports

Burma’s planned opening of border offices that could provide temporary passports to hundreds of thousands of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand is being postponed.

Drug-resistant Malaria a Threat to Burma

US experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Burma and several Southeast Asian countries.

Rice Farmers Go Back to School in Kachin State

International donors are hoping that improved rice farming techniques will lift farmers out of poverty, but many challenges remain.

Govt to Poll Public on Planned Electricity Rate Rise

The government will conduct a public opinion survey on a proposed rate hike for electricity consumers in Burma, with results to be reported to Parliament.

Rangoon MPs Urge Govt to Reestablish National Intelligence Bureau

The Rangoon Division lawmakers are urging the central government to reestablish the notorious National Investigation Bureau for National Security.

Protests Planned Against OIC Visit to Burma

Demonstrators say the alliance of Islamic nations should keep out of the issue of violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

Junta’s Former No. 2 Maung Aye Ailing: Sources

The health of Maung Aye, the second-in-command of Burma’s former military junta, is reportedly deteriorating, with the retired general now wheelchair-bound, sources say.

Security In, Spitting Out for SEA Games

Security in Naypyidaw is tightened ahead of the Southeast Asian Games, following a bombing campaign last month that unnerved many in Burma and abroad.

Karen State Day Celebrated in Hpa-an

Hundreds of families attended the 58th Karen State Day, a holiday marked by the state government, which organized a fair and a traditional dance competition.

Dancing, Kali Style

A cosmic dance of life and death unfolds at a Hindu temple in the heart of Yangon.

Burma’s Meth, Opium Production Continues to Rise, UN Warns

Burma’s opium and methamphetamine production continues to rise, and increasing amounts of the illicit drugs are being smuggled to the rest of Asia, the UN says.

Miss Myanmar A ‘Major Contender’ for Miss Universe Crown

Moe Set Wine, Burma’s first contestant at the international pageant in half a century, impresses public voters and the judges in Moscow.

Burma’s Police Get EU Training on Crowd Control

Burma’s police are receiving training from the European Union, which is providing the Southeast Asian nation’s law enforcement personnel with instruction on crowd control tactics.

Burmese Govt Ministries Under Pressure Over Debts

After Auditor General publishes details of US$1.1 billion of debts, Parliament demands answers from government ministries.

Rangoon’s Sex Workers Face Unscrupulous Police Force

Police are said to extort protection money from women selling sex, and even arrest them to bolster crime solving rates.

Police Charge 4 People for Illegal Candle Protest

Rangoon police charge four activists with staging an illegal demonstration after they organize a protest against plans to increase electricity prices in Burma’s commercial capital.

UNICEF Tells Govt to Increase Education, Health Spending

UNICEF calls on Naypyidaw to drastically increase government spending on education and health care, and says revenues from Burma’s rich natural resources could fund these plans.

UN, US Urge Action After Rohingya Boat Accident

The UN agency for refugees calls for action by the Burma government after a boat of Rohingya Muslims capsizes off the coast of Arakan State.

Kawthaung Residents Claim Coal Plant Causes Health Problems

Residents of Tenessarim Division’s Kawthaung town complain that air pollution caused by a coal plant constructed last year is affecting the health of dozens of people.