BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Naypyidaw Authorities Block NLD Poll on Constitutional Reform

Authorities in Burma’s capital Naypyidaw are preventing the National League for Democracy from conducting a public opinion poll on the need for constitutional reform.

OIC Delegation Met By Angry Protesters in Sittwe

Thousands of Buddhists demonstrate in Arakan State against a visit by officials from Islamic countries.

Gen Aung San to Once Again Feature on Burma’s Bank Notes

A Central Bank official confirms that the financial institution will work with the government to issue bank notes featuring the image of Burma’s independence hero.

Ne Win’s Grandsons Among 69 Released Political Prisoners

President Thein Sein pardoned 69 political prisoners on Friday. Two grandsons of the late Burmese dictator Ne Win are among those who are set free.

Police Open Fire, Injure 7 Protesters at Burma’s Letpadaung Mine

Villagers say police fired indiscriminately into a crowd near the controversial project on Thursday evening.

Buddhist Protests Continue as OIC Prepares for Arakan Visit

Protests against the visit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation continued on Thursday, while further demonstrations are expected during the delegation’s visit to Arakan State.

Europe May Give $850M More in Aid to Burma

The European Commission says funding in the next seven years will target rural development, education, governance and peace building.

Former US President Clinton Praises Burma Transition

Speaking in Rangoon, former US President Bill Clinton talks up Burma’s political reforms, calling its transition from military rule to a nominally civilian government “remarkable.”

Burmese Orchestra Joins With French Quartet for Concerts

Members of the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra are set to perform with a French string quartet for domestic concerts before performing at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Forum Emphasizes Need for Women’s Voices in Peace Process

Some 300 Burmese and international women’s activists gather in Rangoon to discuss the role of women in peace-building and the ongoing reform process in Burma.

SEA Games Tickets to Go on Sale Next Week

With 26 days to go before the SEA Games start in Burma, organizers announce that tickets sales for the sports event will begin on Monday.

TNLA Rebels Reject Govt Ceasefire Proposal, Clash With Burma Army

A week after the government offered ethnic armed groups a nationwide ceasefire, the Palaung rebels reject the draft agreement.

Courting the Tatmadaw

The West wants to engage Myanmar’s military, but are the generals really ready to reform after decades of brutal oppression by the country’s ruling junta?

Ethnic Mon Demand to Be Involved in Salvaging Great Bell

Community leaders want the Mon history of the massive Dhammazedi bell to be remembered.

Dawei Residents Decry Arrival of Companies Following Ceasefire

Since the Karen National Union stopped fighting the Burma Army last year, development has rushed into the area in southern Burma.

In Kachin, Burma’s Reforms Seem a World Away

While Kachin State farmers struggle to make ends meet because of poor soil, low yields and chronic indebtedness, others are hampered by conflict.

Buddhists Protest Impending OIC Visit to Burma

About 1,000 Buddhists take to the streets of Rangoon to protest the visit of a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation this week.

Tensions High at Letpadaung Mine as Police Gather at Protest Camps

Tensions are high in villages near the controversial Letpadaung copper mine, after authorities dispatched about 100 policemen and warned several protest camps to disperse.

Electricity Rate Hike Delayed Amid Parliamentary, Public Pressure

An electricity rate increase slated to take effect this month will be postponed until the 2014-15 fiscal year following a public backlash against the proposal.

In Burma, a Short Reprieve Expected for Newspapers

Limited telecommunications infrastructure may hold back the tide of digital media that has hit newspapers across the globe.