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Norwegian Minister Indulges in the Myth of a Democratizing Middle Class

As Norwegian King Harald V wraps up a state visit to Burma, The Irrawaddy reflects on the changing economic relationship between the two nations.

Parliament Considers Bill to Criminalize Polygamy, Infidelity

A draft monogamy law published on Friday seeks to mandate seven-year prison terms for acts of polygamy and extramarital affairs.

Mandalay Authorities Hassle Independent Media During Norwegian King’s Arrival

Mandalay authorities hassle independent local media as they try to cover the visit of Norway’s King Harald, allowing only state-run media to access the event.

YCDC Election Candidates Cry Foul Over Signboard Ban

Candidates say a signboard ban, ostensibly to avoid ‘damaging’ Rangoon’s beauty, puts their campaigns at a disadvantage in this month’s municipal elections.

Rebel Kachin Leader Says Trust in Burma Is Low

An ethnic Kachin leader says trust in Burma’s military-dominated government is at an all-time low despite years of peace talks aimed at resolving civil war.

Government Blocking Aid to Kachin IDP Camps: KIO

The government is preventing the delivery of desperately needed food supplies to displaced civilians in the conflict-torn state, the Kachin rebel group says.

Questioning Oslo’s Embrace of Burma

As Norwegian King Harald V wraps up a state visit to Burma, The Irrawaddy reflects on the changing relationship between the two nations.

Remembering a Political Showdown Turned Funereal Fiasco

Students’ standoff with dictator Ne Win over how to bury U Thant, Burma’s only UN secretary-general, emblematized a modern Burmese history of struggle against authoritarianism.

Thai, Burmese Villagers Fear Secretive Salween Dam Project

The Hatygi dam, one of 19 projects planned on the Salween River, could displace thousands, block fish migration routes, reduce food security, and fuel conflict.

Rangoon Govt Plans More Flyovers to Ease Traffic Woes

The division parliament is considering a proposal to construct flyovers in Bahan, Tamwe and Mayangone Townships to combat the city’s growing congestion problems.

IRI Denies Wrongdoing After Election Commission Criticizes Training for NLD

The US-based International Republican Institute says it complies with Burma’s laws and Constitution after the Election Commission suggests its training for the NLD broke rules.

Cash for Cleanliness Scheme Aims to Sanitize City

In a bid to clean up the streets of Rangoon, which has suffered neglect in recent decades, administrators plan to reward neighborhoods that shine.

NGOs, Political Parties Condemn Army Shelling of KIA Training School

A group of 54 civil society organizations and ethnic political parties jointly condemn the Burma Army’s recent shelling of a Kachin rebel training school.

Burmese Migrants Charged for Koh Tao Murders

The trial of two Burmese migrants accused of murdering two British tourists in southern Thailand begins next week, according to the pair’s lawyer.

Ghosts of War

Two outstanding books revisit heroic and harrowing times during the Second World War

6-Party Talks Impasse Creates Rift Between Parliament and President, Army

The government and the army ignored a parliamentary proposal to hold six-party talks on constitutional reform, indicating that the reform issue could hit political deadlock.

Squatters Evicted Ahead of Norwegian King’s Arrival in Mandalay

Scores of people have been evicted from area around Mandalay’s Gaw Wein Jetty ahead the arrival of King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Michaungkan’s Displaced Level Ultimatum, Vow to ‘Escalate’ Protest

Protestors camped in downtown Rangoon demand negotiations within seven days to address claims that the Burma Army forcibly displaced them from their homes.

Rangoon Tax Department Announces Restaurant Crackdown

In an effort to raise commercial tax compliance rates, the Internal Revenue Department will enforce a pre-purchase stamp system for customer receipts at dining establishments.

New Peace Talks Before Christmas: Negotiators

Discussions will be held between the government and ethnic armed groups, the first talks since an army attack near Laiza killed 23 cadets last month.