BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Drugs, Guns Seized in Shan State Raid

A joint force of anti-narcotics police and army troops captures weapons and nearly US $250,000 worth of heroin and other drugs in northern Shan State.

Resettle Political Refugees in Third Countries: Rights Group

A human rights organization said some Burmese former political prisoners in Thailand should be resettled in third countries, as they do not want to return.

Govt Rejects UN Calls for Rohingya Citizenship

Burma rejects calls by the UN General Assembly to grant the stateless Muslims citizenship, saying it does not recognize the existence of a “Rohingya minority.”

Burma and Russia to Increase Military Cooperation

Burma and Russia are seeking to cooperate on military technology and strengthen relations between the two nations’ armed forces.

Rangoon’s Street Food Attracts Diners, But It May Not Be Clean

The low cost and convenience of food sold at the many small stalls around Burma’s commercial capital is an overwhelming draw.

Kachin Clashes Leave IDPs out in the Cold

Around half of the 2,000 civilians displaced by the latest outbreak of fighting in Kachin State are still hiding in the jungle.

Rangoon Court Sentences 6 More Activists Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Courts in Burma have now convicted 57 people for holding protests since the law was brought in less than two years ago.

Lawmakers Allotted $5,000 Each for Local Development Projects

Parliament has approved a proposal that allots US $33 million to Burma’s 664 lawmakers so that they can fund development projects in their constituencies.

Three Arrested for Attempt to Bomb Rangoon Religious Buildings

Police said they arrested three men last week who were preparing to bomb religious buildings in Rangoon. Reportedly, the targets in the city were mosques.

Activists Launch Campaign to Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women

Civil society groups are holding a ceremony at Rangoon’s People’s Park on Sunday to launch 16 days of campaigning for women’s rights.

Burmese Beauty Queen Wins ‘Miss Popular’ Award

Burmese contestant Htar Htet Htet has been named “Miss Popular” at the first-ever Miss Grand International beauty contest in Bangkok, Thailand.

4G Mobile Internet Network Set for SEA Games

The installation of 4G for the Southeast Asian Games is complete, but only “VIPs” and media members will benefit from the high-speed mobile Internet access.

US Climbers Suggest Records Are Wrong on Burma’s Highest Peak

US climbers who scaled Mount Gamlang claim the peak is higher than Mount Hkakabo, which has been considered Burma’s tallest mountain the past 50 years.

KIA Deputy in Landmark Rangoon Speech

Gen Gun Maw, a senior figure in the Kachin rebel army, is granted rare permission to address a Baptist church hall in Rangoon.

UN to Burma: Make Rohingya Muslims Citizens

The General Assembly’s human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution urging Burma to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship.

Suspected Murder of Young Girl Risks Raising Tensions in Arakan

Police in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township said they have discovered the lifeless body of a five-year-old girl in a paddy field on Tuesday morning.

On World Toilet Day, Calls for Better Sanitation in Burma

The commercial capital of Rangoon has out of date sewerage that is stretched well over capacity.

Mon Group Rejects ‘Unacceptable’ Govt Ceasefire Proposal

The New Mon State Party rejects a draft put forward by the Burmese government and detailing the terms of a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Police to Sue Letpadaung Farmers After Violent Clashes

Sagaing Division police have filed a lawsuit against protestors at the Letpadaung copper mine after several officers were injured during clashes with protestors on Friday.

Breaking the Rules – 101

A renowned Myanmar performance artist helps a younger generation free itself from the strictures of traditional art.