Burma - The Irrawaddy
Bus Crash on ‘Death Highway’ Near Naypyidaw Kills 14

The latest deadly accident on the hastily constructed Rangoon-Mandalay-Naypyidaw highway raises the death toll this year to 80 people, while 350 were injured so far.

Burma Govt, Kachin Rebels Agree to Form Peace Monitoring Group

On the first day of talks in the Kachin State capital, government negotiators and Kachin Independence Organization leaders agree on body to monitor troop movements.

Win Tin’s Foundations to Continue Supporting Political Prisoners

The private foundation led by the late democracy activist and journalist will keep its cash donations going, honoring Win Tin’s wishes.

Nationalist Monks Call NGOs ‘Traitors’ for Opposing Interfaith Marriage Bill

Nationalist Buddhist monks call Burmese civil society groups “traitors” because they object to the interfaith marriage bill that the monks have put forth.

Newly Displaced in Northern Burma Lack Shelter as Rainy Season Begins

Aid workers say the rains will make temporary UN-supplied tents unlivable for those who fled recent outbreaks of fighting in Kachin and Shan states.

Singaporean PM Tours Naypyidaw

Lee Hsien Loong describes what he saw on a drive outside Naypyidaw as similar to “Singapore or Penang in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Burma’s ‘School on a Bus’ Project Gets a New Lift

Another bus is converted into a mobile classroom for youth teashop workers in Rangoon, in an initiative by the Myanmar Mobile Education Project.

Wa Official Dispels Claim of Wa State ‘Crimea Style’ Secession

A UWSP leader says Wa-controlled areas in Shan State will under no circumstances seek a ‘Crimea-style’ secession from Burma with the support of China.

Burmese Govt Reviews Citizenship Applications for Former Exiles

People who left Burma for various reasons under the former junta can now apply for citizenship, although officials say the process might take some time.

Burmese Translation of Vaclav Havel’s Children Book to Launch This Week

A translation of a fairy tale by the former Czech president and playwright will be launched in Rangoon, with a reading by dissident Min Ko Naing.

ASEAN to Express Concern on South China Sea Tension: Burma Minister

Asean chair Burma says the bloc will address spiraling tensions between Vietnam and China over disputes in the South China Sea during this weekend’s summit.

Shan Man Allegedly Beaten by Soldiers for Links to RCSS

A member of the Shan National League for Democracy who was abducted by soldiers earlier this week is charged with communicating with an unlawful association.

Chin Group Says Burma Census Ethnicity Question Caused Confusion

The Chin National Action Committee on Census issues a statement based on its monitoring of the census-taking process in Chin State and among other Chin communities.

Burma Soldiers Allegedly Raid Shan Rebel Office

Burmese soldiers allegedly raid a liaison office of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), raising concerns about trust in the peace process.

KNU and 88 Generation to Collaborate on Burma Charter Reform, Peace Efforts

The ethnic Karen rebel group and former student activists will combine their efforts to end conflict in Burma and to amend the 2008 Constitution.

Burmese Couple Allegedly Murdered by Thai Employee

A Thai employer has been accused of murdering two Burmese refugees, a married couple, who were working on his farm in Thailand’s Tak Province

Australian Reporter Deported From Burma

A foreign reporter for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) news agency is forced to leave the country after covering a protest in support of press freedom.

Burma Ethnic Alliance Sets Up ‘Federal Army’ Office

The United Nationalities Federal Council confirms that it has opened a “war office” in an area controlled by Kachin rebels.

Suu Kyi to Hold Rally in Irrawaddy Division for Charter Amendments

More than 50,000 people are expected to meet Burma’s main opposition on Saturday when she attempts to demonstrate public support for constitutional reform.

Rangoon Auto Show Yields One Sale