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Transformation of Cronies Key to Burma’s Development: 88 Leader

Leading pro-democracy activist Ko Ko Gyi says a careful transformation of the way that Burma’s cronies do business is important for the country’s socio-economic development.

Thai-Burma Border NGO Prepares for Refugee Return

The Border Consortium (TBC) is focusing on preparations for the return of more than 120,000 refugees to Burma amid reductions in cross-border funding.

SSA-North Says Attacks from Burma Army Frequent

The Shan State Army-North says government troops have launched more than a dozen attacks this month, including an artillery attack on Monday.

Burmese Tycoon Brings Pygmy Man to Rangoon

It is not clear why Tay Za, a well-known tycoon on the US sanctions list, brought a pygmy man from Kachin State to Rangoon.

Rains to Hit Tenasserim; Ease Up in Rangoon, Mon State and Karen State

Meteorology Department says Rangoon’s late monsoon season rains will ease but Tenasserim Division in the south is set to see more downpours.

Burma’s Suu Kyi Looks to Singapore as Model – Minus the Materialism

While praising Singapore’s successes, Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma could do without the materialistic and high-pressure society that has accompanied the city-state’s economic rise.

Ethnic Minorities Stress Trust-Building, Agree to 5-Point Peace Plan

Ethnic leaders conclude a conference on trust-building with a five-point agreement aimed at helping end more than six decades of ethnic armed rebellion in Burma.

Letpadaung Project Shouldn’t Resume, Say Farmers

Farmers in Sagaing Division say the firm behind a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine is not following a parliamentary commission’s recommendations.

Development Risks Rangoon’s Architectural Heritage: Conservation Group

A conservation group puts Rangoon on its list of places “at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change.”

KIO Invites Other Rebel Leaders to Laiza Ahead of Nationwide Ceasefire Conference

The Kachin Independence Organization invites ethnic rebel leaders from around the country to discuss their goals ahead of a major ceasefire meeting in Naypyidaw.

35 Buddhists, 13 Muslims Arrested for Thandwe Violence: Arakan Leader

An Arakanese politician said 35 out of 48 people arrested for involvement in the deadly inter-communal violence in Thandwe last week are Buddhist Arakanese.

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.