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Bad Guy Blues: Burma’s Villains Struggle to Get by

What happens when the world opens up to you? For Burma’s movie industry, it got harder to earn a living being evil.

In Mandalay, a Theater Revives the Dying Art of Burmese Puppetry

A small theater puts on traditional Burmese marionette operas, keeping an art form alive.

Punishments Reduced, But Burma’s Harsh Online Law Remains

After a fourth attempt at overhauling the country’s Electronic Transactions Law falls flat, another draft replacement law is being put together.

Installation From Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Featured in Rangoon

Rangoon offers a chance for Burma’s art fans to take in a work from the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, one of Beijing’s most provocative critics.

Poisoning of Stray Dogs Met With Anger in Rangoon

Residents call on city authorities to find a more humane way of dealing with the dogs that roam the streets of Burma’s commercial capital.

Where Is Ethnic Reconciliation Going?

The government is gearing up for a nationwide ceasefire conference next month, but were recent deals with individual ethnic groups really a step forward?

Minister Informs KNPP of Govt Nationwide Ceasefire Proposal

President Office Minister Aung Min shared the government’s draft nationwide ceasefire accord with Kareni rebels to convince them to join next month’s national ceasefire conference.

Tycoon Plans Salvage Attempt of Sunken Dhammazedi Bell

Well-known businessman Khin Shwe says he plans to recover the Great Bell of Dhammazedi from the Rangoon River, no matter what the cost.

For Burma Beauty Queens, ‘Carrying Coffins Is Not Easy’

Two pageant winners face criticism and defend their decision to volunteer for a society that provides free funeral services to more than 120,000 people in Burma.

Burma Refugees Among Top Five Globally for US Resettlement

Burmese refugees are among the top five nationalities to be resettled to the United States in 2013, according to a US State Department announcement.

Two Decades on the Trail of the Wa

Myanmar’s most feared ethnic armed group gains new strength, but for ordinary Wa, life remains as difficult as ever.

Lower House Rejects Calls to Discuss Child Rape

Parliament votes against a lawmaker’s proposal to discuss amending the 1993 Child Law to provide more protections for children.

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.