Burma through the Looking Glass

Reform has done little to change the lives of ordinary Burmese citizens, but it has altered some of the country’s key figures almost beyond recognition.

Informal Weekend Peace Talks Held between Govt, KNU

Two delegations from the Karen National Union meet with Burmese officials including Aung Min, a senior minister and key peace negotiator from the President’s Office.

15 Ethnic Parties to Unite ahead of 2015 Elections

Fifteen of Burma’s ethnic political parties, many of which contested the 2010 elections, will form a single party in preparation for upcoming polls in 2015.

Monks’ Conference Calls for Peace, Drops Interfaith Marriage Restrictions Plan

A meeting of some 200 Buddhist monks declared Friday that they seek communal peace in Burma and accused the media of tarnishing their religion’s image.

Suu Kyi’s Presidential Ambitions Raise Security Fears

After publicly announcing her desire to be Burma’s next president, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been urged to take special safety precautions.

Devi Thant Cin is one of several female campaigners who have successfully spearheaded nationwide activities to protect Burma’s environment and its biggest river, the Irrawaddy.

Thousands of Rohingya have lived in squalid camps for a year. Some displaced women gave birth there and care for their babies in difficult circumstances.

A UN-led aid convoy reaches the village of Mai Ja Yang to deliver humanitarian assistance to Kachin refugees for first time in almost a year.

Burmese children have long been exploited as part of labor pools both at home and abroad, working for a pittance and receiving few social protections.

A series of violent attacks targeting Burmese migrants—and talk of a mass deportation—is prompting many to pack their bags and leave Malaysia.

For many of Burma’s former political prisoners, Khin Nyunt is the man to thank for brutal interrogations, lengthy imprisonments and opportunities lost.

A spokesperson for President Thein Sein says last week’s fatal shooting of three Rohingya women by police was provoked by Muslim villagers who “attacked authorities”.

Lawmakers this month will receive the final, revised draft of a controversial law to replace one of the former regime’s most draconian publishing acts.

The artist Win Pe has returned to Burma for the first time in 18 years and is showing off a selection of paintings in Rangoon.

Rangoon-based Thura Swiss releases the first equity research report ever written about a Burmese company, in a push for transparency in Burma’s equity markets.

The chief of Burma’s pro-military party says he is not ruling out a coalition government with the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Monks’ Convention in Burma Calls for Restricting Buddhist-Muslim Marriage

About 200 senior Buddhist monks convening in Rangoon have begun drafting a law that would put restrictions on marriages between Buddhist women and Muslim men.

UN Supports Drug Eradication in Opium-Rich Shan State

The United Nations calls for tighter law enforcement against drug traffickers in Burma, while affirming its commitment to anti-narcotics operations in opium-rich Shan State.

Burmese Migrant Community in Malaysia Simmers after Attacks

Differing accounts emerge from Burmese migrants in Malaysia about deadly violence that has claimed several lives and pitted Burmese groups in Malaysia against each other.

Panic Strikes in Pakokku Town Following Rumors of Sectarian Violence

Dozens of parents tried to pull their children from school on Thursday afternoon, after false reports of inter-communal violence were spread in Pakkoku, central Burma.