BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
In Burma, a Vexing Vexillology

Three years ago Monday, Burma’s outgoing junta unexpectedly raised a new national flag, one that its creators hoped would be “endowed with essence and meaning.”

Wild Elephant Poaching Increases in Pegu

More than 20 elephants have been killed this year by hunters in a mountain range area northeast of Rangoon.

Civil Society and MPs Draft ‘Progressive’ Association Registration Law

After extensive discussions, civil society representatives say they agreed with lawmakers on a bill that provides simple, voluntary registration procedures for Burmese and international NGOs.

Publisher Sidelines CEO Who Alleged Threats by Than Shwe’s Grandson

The publisher of Sunlight newspaper has sidelined a CEO who accused a grandson of former dictator Than Shwe of organizing a raid on his offices.

Shwedagon Pagoda on Bombing Suspect’s Target List: KNU

The man suspected of involvement in several recent bomb blasts across Burma planned to target Rangoon’s famed Shwedagon Pagoda, a Karen National Union official claims.

Thai Rocker Carabao Plays in Rangoon

The singer gives a free performance at a popular shopping center and donates 32 million kyats to the Southeast Asian Games.

For Myanmar’s Well-Heeled, a Moveable Feast

French haute cuisine comes to the Golden Land with Agnes restaurant in Yangon.

Kyaukse Celebrates Elephant Dance Festival, Despite Bomb Concerns

As Burma marks the end of Buddhist Lent, inhabitants of Kyaukse town in Mandalay Division celebrate the event by holding the centuries-old Elephant Dance Festival.

Combustible packaging ignites at an electronics store in downtown Rangoon Friday night.

Burma Police Say Karen Businessmen Plotted Bombings

A group of ethnic Karen businessmen have been accused of planning the recent string of bomb blasts in Burma to scare off foreign investors.

Who’s Behind the Bombings in Burma?

Some observers wonder if hardline military leaders or persecuted Muslims are to blame, but disgruntled ethnic rebels appear to be the more likely culprit.

Political Prisoners in Burma Increase in September: AAPP

A rights group says the number of political prisoners in Burma rose last month despite government promises to clear them from cells by year’s end.

Burma’s First Arts Festival for Disabled Gets Underway

An arts festival being held in Rangoon offers 270 disabled people the opportunity to showcase their creative skills in painting, sculpturing, music, dance and theatre.

JICA Meets with Thilawa Villagers Over Relocation

Japan’s international aid agency meets with villagers who claim they were forced to accept unfair compensation to leave their land.

Bomb Scares Fail to Dampen Thadingyut Revelry

Despite several bomb attacks across Burma over the past week, the Buddhist light festival Thadingyut is drawing thousands each evening to a busy Rangoon intersection.

US Budget Crisis Hits Home for Burma-Thai Border Refugees

Burmese refugees in Thailand preparing to resettle in the United States are still finding those plans on hold a day after US government services resume.

Pressed for Time

In the rush to catch up with the rest of the world, many in Myanmar seem overly eager to discard items from its past.

Minister’s Visit Fails to Ease Letpadaung Tensions

Two days after meeting with a senior government minster, farmers vow to continue their protests against a controversial Chinese-backed mining project.

Exhibition Celebrates Burmese Art Without Borders

An exhibition currently showing in Rangoon showcases Burma’s art market as it opens up to the world.

Precious Metal

A visit to one of Yangon’s scrapyards reveals some hidden treasure.