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Arakanese Groups to ‘Monitor’ Aid Operations for Rohingya

Twenty Arakanese Buddhist groups set up a “UN, INGO Watch Team” in an effort to exert control over international aid operations for the Muslim minority.

Condo Draft Law Ready for Parliament This Session: Official

The condominium draft law allows foreigners to own certain apartment units while giving all apartment owners more control over their properties.

Burma Army Should End Abuses Against IDPs: Kachin NGOs

Seventeen Kachin civil society groups call on the Burma Army to stay away from camps of displaced civilians during their operations in northern Burma.

Wirathu Facebook Account Hacked, Taken Down

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu was forced to open a new Facebook page after his account on the social network was hacked and shut down.

Writer Wins ‘Citizen of Burma’ Award

Writer and social activist Than Myint Aung has been named this year’s recipient of the Citizen of Burma Award.

Constitutional Reform Campaign Comes to Eastern Rangoon

Thousands of people turn out to show support for the National League for Democracy and 88 Generation’s efforts to amend the 2008 charter.

UN Rights Envoy: Burma Needs Constitutional Change

The UN human rights envoy to Burma expresses concern over the military’s veto over constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for Burma’s democratic transition.

Shan Rebel Group Vows to ‘Continue Armed Struggle’ If Necessary

Amid rising tensions with the central government, the Restoration Council of Shan State warns that it will “continue the armed struggle” if needed.

‘Free Education’ in Name Only, Parents Say of Some Rangoon Schools

Rangoon parents say they are struggling to register their children at some of the city’s most well-known state schools due to practices amounting to bribe-taking.

Ceasefire Talks Progress Despite Kachin War

As representatives of Burma’s government and ethnic militias finish a second draft of a nationwide ceasefire accord, negotiations are unaffected by fighting in the north.

Norway-backed Burma Peace Project Set to Continue

The controversial Myanmar Peace Support Initiative will continue operating at least until September, according to a consultant for the project.

Myawaddy-Mae Sot Border Crossing Briefly Closed After Thai Coup

The border-crossing checkpoint in Mae Sot, Thailand, was temporarily closed on Friday morning, but reopened by 7:15 a.m., a district administrator for Myawaddy Township says.

Extreme Weather Threatens Conflict-Hit Communities in Burma, Sri Lanka

Conflict-hit communities in both Burma and Sri Lanka will suffer under increasingly extreme weather that is the result of climate change.

Burma’s Govt Comments on Thai Military Coup

The Burmese presidential spokesman declines to provide an immediate assessment after the Thai military takes control in Thailand, but defends restrictions on media there.

Burma Census Data May Be Used Politically: Official

While individual data will be kept confidential, the Burmese government cannot control how the aggregate results are used, says a spokesman from the UNFPA.

Burmese Vice President Draws Ire With Cost of Living Comment

Most people are feeling the squeeze of rising prices, but Nyan Tun reportedly insists that 2,000 kyat, or just over $2, per day, is enough.

Unicef Confirms $87,000-a-Month Rent for Rangoon Office

In a statement, the United Nations Children’s Fund admits that its office in Bahan Township is rented from the family of a former military official.

Nationwide Ceasefire to Include ‘Federal System’ Clause: Ethnic Leader

An ethnic representative says military leaders have accepted that peace negotiations will be based on achieving a “federal system” ensuring ethnic minorities “equality and democracy.”

Rangoon Musicians Plan Fundraising Tour for Displaced People

Travelling through Burma next month, musicians, artists and activists will collect money for people living in temporary camps due to fighting in northern Burma.

Ditching Clunkers, Car Imports Drive Burmese Demand for Oil

The opening up of Burma’s economy has meant a surge in ownership of used cars that are boosting demand and imports of fuel.