BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Burma Ranked World’s 2nd Most Generous Nation

Burma ranks near the top of a list gauging global generosity, with the Southeast Asian country’s deeply karmic mindset a likely motivator for its benevolence.

EITI Awareness Hindered by Local Officials, NGO Claims

Civil society groups say efforts to educate Burma’s citizens about an international transparency standard governing natural resource extraction are being hampered by local government officials.

Rangoon Parliament Rejects Plans to Open Homes for the Aged

The divisional parliament rejects a bill that would require the divisional government to open nursing homes for the elderly in Burma’s biggest city.

Suu Kyi Warns Against Taking Part in 2015 Vote Without Charter Reform

Speaking to supporters in Pegu Division, Burma’s opposition leader warns of the reputational damage of participating in elections that are not fair.

Neighbors Burma and Thailand Draw in SEA Games Football Clash

A close match finished 1-1 on Saturday night, leaving both teams still likely to progress to the later stages of the men’s football competition.

Japan, Burma Sign Investment Pact

Japan and Burma sign an investment treaty to nurture closer business ties as the once secluded Southeast Asian country opens its fast-growing economy.

In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers

Many male sex workers do not seek medical assistance after contracting sexually transmitted diseases because they do not want to reveal their source of income.

Ministry Urges Press Council to Take Action Against Journal

Burma’s Information Ministry urges Interim Press Council to take action against The Sun Rays journal, claiming that the controversial publication is responsible for “unethical” writing.

Change Comes at a Slow Pace to Villagers in Burma’s Southern Shan State

The mainly ethnic Pa-O inhabitants of Noung Htao village, in Hsi Hseng Township, survive on a meager income from farming.

Suu Kyi’s Stallion Performs at Southeast Asian Games

A horse given to Suu Kyi takes part in the equestrian competition, with support in the crowd from the opposition leader herself.

Ethnic Rebels’ Conference Postponed

A planned second round of meetings of Burma’s ethnic armed groups to discuss a government-proposed nationwide ceasefire has been postponed to January.

Burma’s SEA Games Opener Extolled, Critiqued

For some the event inspires national pride, but for others Chinese influence is visible in the opening ceremony in Naypyidaw.

Royal Family Aims to Renovate King Thibaw’s Mandalay Palace

Members of the late King Thibaw’s royal family seek to renovate the Mandalay-based monarch’s former palace, and will request the president’s approval to do so.

Rangoon Land Protesters Go Home After Lawmaker Promises Investigation

A protest camp in eastern Rangoon has been packed up for now, but demonstrators against a military land seizure say they will fight on.

KIA Keeps Tabs on Tay Za

The ethnic armed group says it is watching the Burmese tycoon to determine whether his investments in north Burma are benefiting the local people.

Group Resettlement of Thai Border Refugees to End Early 2014: UNHCR

The final deadline for eligible applicants for UN group resettlement to third countries for Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border will be sometime in January.

Near Letpadaung, Factory Pollution Raises Health Fears

Environmentalists plan to test whether a factory used to process copper in northwest Burma could be leading to respiratory illnesses and crop failures.

Burma Spares No Expense for SEA Games Opening

The extravaganza, complete with parades, fireworks, dancers and a sound-and-light show, was held to loud cheers and bursts of applause in a packed 30,000-seat stadium.

Burma Releases 41 More Political Prisoners

Only 44 political prisoners remain in Burmese jails after the latest amnesty, according to an advocacy group.

Burma Protest Camp Defiant in Face of Ultimatums

Protesters in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township continue to demonstrate over land they say was forcibly confiscated by the military decades ago.