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Graduate Program Breathes New Life Into Rangoon University

A graduate-level program in international relations at Rangoon University breathes new life into Burma’s once-suffocated higher education system.

‘No Real Democracy’ for Burma if Constitution Goes Unchanged: Suu Kyi

Burma will not enjoy “real democracy” until the country is governed under a different Constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi tells Singapore’s Burmese community.

Workers End Protest After Reaching Agreement with Factory

About Rangoon 100 workers ended their two-day protest on Monday after reaching an agreement with their former employer over an improved severance pay.

NLD Co-Founder Win Tin Hospitalized

The 84-year-old veteran journalist and National League for Democracy co-founder Win Tin is in hospital after having trouble breathing.

Children are Victims in Arakan State, Unicef Says

The UN agency for children’s rights has called for an end to communal violence in west Burma, where clashes last week between Muslims and Buddhists left hundreds of people homeless.

Govt Should Change Bill, Privatize State Newspapers: Press Council

The Interim Press Council urges the government to abandon a section of the Public Service Media bill that would continue public support for state-run newspapers.

Burma’s First Human Rights Magazine Sees Healthy Sales

Staff at the Burmese-language Journal of Human Rights and Democracy say the monthly’s coverage of important issues is finding an audience.

Luxury River Cruise Opens Up Mysteries of Burma

Burma’s ill-equipped roads and railways mean there is no better way to explore the country than by river.

After Thandwe Violence, Suu Kyi Reiterates Need for Rule of Law

The democracy icon and women political activists call for better law enforcement after communal violence tears apart villages in west Burma.

A Rangoon Diary

It took just over one week of bloody suppression of peaceful demonstrations in Rangoon and other cities and in the country’s monasteries—a period that will go down in Burmese history as the Uprising of September 2007.

Where There’s Struggle, There’s Hope

The September 2007 uprising was a struggle between the sons of Buddha and the forces of darkness and repression. In the struggle for democracy, hope is the key. The battle lines are drawn more clearly now than ever before.

Ethnic Kachin Among 56 Political Prisoners Freed as Peace Talks Begin

Fifty-six political prisoners—nearly a third of them ethnic Kachin—are released as peace talks between the government and ethnic Kachin rebels get underway.

In Thandwe, Communal Trust Shattered in Aftermath of Violence

Buddhists and Muslims who were displaced in clashes last week in west Burma say they were once good neighbors but can no longer trust each other.

Arakan State Govt Backs Mining Projects in Strife-Torn North

A Chinese and a Luxembourg-registered firm obtained Arakan State approval to mine aluminum and titanium from beaches in the violence-wracked townships of Maungdaw and Rathedaung.

A Visit to Rangoon’s House of Memories

The old villa on U Wisara Road is a restaurant and a museum, filled with memorabilia of famous former residents, such as Gen Aung San.

Burma Launches National Plan to Empower Women

Burma’s government launches a strategic plan to empower women, in a country where about 95 percent of lawmakers are male and women face major barriers to employment and health care.

Than Shwe’s Grandson Appears With Burma’s New Miss Universe

Social media in Burma heats up over photographs showing Nay Shwe Thway Aung, the favorite grandson of the former dictator, with a beauty pageant winner.

Burma’s Ruling Party Says Constitutional Change Could Mean ‘Serious Danger’

Burma’s ruling party says the state and its people will be in “serious danger and face consequences beyond expectation” if lawmakers scrap the existing Constitution.

Central Bank Confirms $7.6B in Burmese Funds Held in Overseas Accounts

Burma’s Central Bank chairman confirmed recent claims that Naypyidaw holds billions of dollars in offshore bank accounts, although he stopped short of providing details.

New Industrial Park in Burma Draws Ire of Farmers, Monks

A 10,000-acre industrial park project near Mandalay is angering locals, who fear increasing land confiscations.