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NLD Marks Union Day in Rangoon Event

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, celebrated Union Day in Rangoon, and a traditional Shan dance competition was held at the event.

President’s Union Day Message Flags-up Federalism

President Thein Sein’s Union Day message says “a federal system” could help resolve Burma’s ethnic conflict, but fresh clashes in northern Burma overshadowed his message.

RCSS Leader Likely to Remain in Post: Shan Sources

As a leadership election approaches, Lt-Gen Yawd Serk says he will stay on in the likely event that another candidate to lead the ethnic Shan rebel group does not emerge.

Burma Govt Urged to Put Press Freedom in Law

Amid arrests of reporters, international media advocacy groups say the failure to pass legislation protecting journalists risks undermining reforms.

In Maungdaw Village, Residents Fret Over Missing Family Members

A visit to Du Chee Yar Tan village, where dozens of Rohingyas were allegedly killed last month, reveals many remaining residents say their loved ones are missing.

Marching Villagers Call for Burma Minister to Be Sacked Over Comments

A protest leader is charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Law for holding a demonstration involving more than 1,000 people in Magwe Division.

Burma’s Government to Appoint a Second Woman Minister

Khin San Yi, formerly a deputy minister for planning, is nominated for the role of minister of education, while women remain underrepresented in the government.

Burma’s NLD and 88 Generation Team Up to Push for Charter Reform

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and the leaders of Burma’s 1988 student uprising say they will work together to have the 2008 Constitution amended in time for the 2015 elections.

Burma’s Ethnic Minorities Decry Census, Jostle for Advantage

Members of Burma’s ethnic minority groups are voicing concerns over a census due next month, with the survey’s classifications criticized as inaccurate and unnecessarily divisive.

Security on the Agenda at Upcoming Arakanese Conference

A meeting, involving the recognized ethnic groups of western Burma’s strife-torn Arakan State, will discuss tensions in the state, as well as development.

Wa Rebels to Send Fighters to China for Pilot Training: Reports

Ethnic rebel sources say ethnic Wa rebels plan to send 30 fighters to China to receive pilot training, supposedly so they can operate helicopters.

Photoshopped Thein Sein Prompts Media Ethics Discussion

A front-page mash-up of Burma President Thein Sein portrayed in traditional Burmese dancing garb and published in a local newspaper brings debate over ethical boundaries.

Burma’s Former Political Prisoners Offer Counseling for Trauma

Former political prisoners help others who were also imprisoned under the military regime and are now dealing with depression and anxiety.

Shan Celebrate National Day as a Leader Steps Down

Lt Gen Yawd Serk, the departing chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State and leader of the Shan State Army-South, spoke to Shan gathered at Loi Tai Leng to celebrate Shan State National Day.

Project to Get Burmese Medical Students in Clinics Sooner

A select group of students from Burmese medical schools are starting a new program aimed at moving them beyond the classroom and into outpatient clinics.

After Shooting in Malaysia, Arakanese Targets Admit Potential Religious Link

An apparent assassination attempt on two Arakanese leaders in Malaysia may be related to current religious strife in Burma’s Arakan State, the targeted men acknowledge.

Second Arakan Probe to Focus on Missing Policeman

A new government commission will investigate the recent death of a policeman in Arakan State, but it is not clear if alleged deaths of Rohingya will be addressed

For Burmese Migrants, Labor Ministry Urges Due Diligence

The Ministry of Labor advises Burmese workers seeking employment abroad to verify the credibility of overseas employment agencies before committing to overseas job offers.

Beside the Beauty and Boats of Inle, a Bustling Bazaar Beckons

Every five days, Inle Lake’s Nam Pan market draws area residents who gather to buy and sell everything from vegetables and traditional fabrics to haircuts.

Burma Govt Should Be Tolerant of Media: Human Rights Watch

Following high-level meetings in Naypyidaw, the US-based rights group praises President Thein Sein’s commitment to reform, but says the government is “divided.”