BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

Buddhists Threaten Aid Workers, Hamper Medical Relief in West Burma

Humanitarian agencies operating say intimidation from Buddhists has hampered efforts to deliver aid, with hostilities increasing after a Buddhist woman died last week.

Arakan Court Sentences 68 Rohingyas to Lengthy Prison Terms

An Arakan court sentenced 68 Rohingyas to lengthy prison terms for their roles in last year’s inter-communal violence. Local Muslims claim the trials were unfair.

Activists to Protest Electricity Rate Rise in Rangoon

Activists in Rangoon plan to again take to the streets with candles to protest a proposed electricity rate hike of as much as 100 percent.

Burma Set to Release Dozens of Political Prisoners: Panel Member

Burma may release scores of political prisoners this month to fulfill a promise to free prisoners of conscience by the end of this year.

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Burma suspended the project in 2011 but a Chinese firm wants to push it forward and continues to keep staff members at the site.

Trial in Burma Embassy Plot Begins in Indonesia

One of the suspected militants who plotted to attack the Burma Embassy in Jakarta goes faces terrorism charges that could result in a death sentence.

Washington’s Holocaust Museum Highlights Burma’s Rohingya

An American photographer depicts the plight of Rohingya Muslims, who were forced to flee their homes in Arakan State after deadly sectarian violence last summer.

Myitkyina Talks Show Obstacles on the Path of Peace Process

Ethnic armed groups and government negotiators agree to work toward a national ceasefire agreement, but their viewpoints still differ widely.

Fear of Pagoda Damage Draws Protests at Letpadaung Mine

At least 150 protesters ask for permission to visit a historic Buddhist pagoda that was allegedly damaged by a blast at the copper mine project.

Burmese Script to Make iDebut With Travelogue

The publisher of a travelogue detailing four Burmese nationals’ Mount Everest trek hopes to make their tale the first e-book published in the Burmese script.

Police Torture Leaves Teenage Boy Severely Injured

The family of a 14-year-old boy says Irrawaddy Division police tortured him so badly that he has been unable to walk since his release.