BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
‘Peace Permit’ Bonanza Puts Ethnic Groups on Defensive

In efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict in Burma, car import permits appear to be among the factors driving the peace process forward.

Two Kachin Sentenced to Five More Years in Prison for Alleged Bomb Plot

Men already jailed under Unlawful Associations Under get five-year sentences for trying to bomb a government building in Myitkyina.

In Palaung Territory, Govt-Controlled Militias Allegedly Fuel Drug Trade

The Ta’ang rebel army in east Burma says drug production is padding the pockets of government-controlled militias and devastating local communities.

Kokang Rebels Blamed for Deadly Shan State Blasts

Authorities have accused an ethnic Kokang armed group of planning a bomb blast that killed five people on Tuesday evening in northern Shan State.

Burma Chamber of Commerce Wants More Chinese Hydropower Investment

Hydropower projects in Burma have proven unpopular and are opposed by environmental groups due to concerns over downstream impacts.

Hunger Strike Raises Health Concerns for Detained Activists

Nearly one week into the strike, families worry for the condition of three activists who stopped eating to protest months of detention without a verdict.

With Burma’s First Catholic Saint Possible, Archbishop Hopes for Papal Visit

Rangoon Archbishop wants Pope Francis to visit marking 500 years since Catholicism first appeared in the country.

Revolutionaries, Not ‘Rebels,’ Insists Burma’s First Hijacker

The ethnic Karen perpetrator of Burma’s first hijacking says he hopes an upcoming movie about the daring aerial commandeering will accurately reflect his motivations.

Despite a Frugal Existence, a Former Inmate Spends and Spends

Win Tin, a co-founder of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy, has diverted thousands of dollars to causes he supports.

Academic Freedom, but Perhaps No Degrees, at Rangoon University’s First Int’l Program

As commencement looms for the first class of the International Center of Excellence (ICOE) international relations program, nobody knows whether the students will receive degrees.

In Dala, Development Misses the Boat

In the absence of a bridge, the people of Dala rely heavily on two ferries that shuttle between the sleepy township and bustling Rangoon.

Burmese Woman Wins 5,000-Meter Race at SEA Games

Burma’s Phyu Wah Thet finishes first in the long-distance race at Wunna Theidhi Stadium in Naypyidaw, while her teammate Khin Mar Se finishes third.

Bad Weather Sinks Hopes for Burma’s Teen Sailors at SEA Games

A fourth place finish disappoints Burma’s young yachters, while the country’s adult half-rater team still has its sights set on gold.

UN: Poverty Pushing Burma Opium Output Higher

New figures estimate that Burma will produce 870 metric tons of opium this year, more than a quarter more than in 2012.

US Blacklists Burma Firms for North Korea Arms Trade

Three companies and an officer in the Burma Army are added to the list of those under sanctions imposed by the United States.

Bomb Blast Kills at Least Three People in Northern Shan State

A truck explodes on a bridge near the Burma-China border as Burma is in the spotlight as the host of the SEA Games.

Military Leases Seized Ngapali Beach Land to Hotel Developers

Burma’s military allegedly leases lands it confiscated in Ngapali Beach to construction companies, contravening a promise to return the plots to their original owners.

Balloon Fireworks Burn Down Tourist Cottages at Inle Lake

A fire wrecks 18 floating cottages at the high-end Inle Khaung Daing Village Resort in Burma’s Shan State on Monday night.

DKBA Aids Letpadaung Activists in Violation of Ceasefire, Military Claims

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is accused of violating a ceasefire agreement with the government by giving more than $10,000 to anti-Letpadaung copper mine activists.

West ‘Cannot Afford’ Major Economic Aid to Burma, says China Commentary

As a Chinese state-run newspaper argues, Burma’s cross-border links to China are already strong and are growing.