BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
In Southern Shan State, the Land Provides

On a recent visit to the ethnic Pa-O majority Aungban Township, farmers were hard at work in the fields.

Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Australian PM

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as she travels the country seeking backing for changes to Burma’s Constitution.

School of Law a Small Step to Rule of Law

Plans to reopen the University of Yangon’s undergraduate law program for the first time since 1996 could bring Burma closer to restoring rule of law.

Car Permit Accepted for Future Use, Says ABSDF

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front says that it has taken a vehicle-import permit from the government for its future works.

Tycoon’s Plans for Putao Come under Scrutiny

Concern is growing over the fate of Burma’s remote northernmost region as Tay Za, one of the country’s wealthiest men, sets his sights on projects there.

International Water Painting Exhibition Held in Rangoon

The one-week exhibition at Rangoon’s Gallery 65 showcases 37 water paintings from Burma, Japan and China, Korea, Thailand and Iran.

Consumer Advocates Test Creamer, Coffee Powders in Burma

The Rangoon-based Consumer Protection Agency has raised concerns about the use of substandard ingredients.

Tycoon Sues Journal on Defamation Charges

One of Burma’s most well-known tycoons, Htoo Group of Companies CEO Tay Za, plans to sue weekly journal The Sun Rays on accusations of defamation.

Rangoon Court Fines Kachin Activists for Peace Protest

A Rangoon court gives two Kachin activists 20,000 kyat ($20) fines for leading a 2012 International Peace Day event, under a statute prohibiting unauthorized demonstrations.

UNFC Reiterates Call for Suu Kyi’s Voice in Peace Talks

The United Nationalities Federal Council calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s involvement in Burma’s peace process as a delegation of the ethnic alliance visits Rangoon.

Reports of Rape On the Rise in Burma

Last year marked a five-year high for reported rapes in Burma, and campaigners say the figure is only a fraction of the real number.

Burma Activists Urge Protest Law Reform

More than 50 activist groups call for amending a controversial provision of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law that has put scores of people behind bars.

Burma’s Rebel Leaders Want Army Chief Involved in Peace Talks

Leaders of an ethnic armed group alliance make first visit in decades to Rangoon to build trust in the peace process.

When Mob Was Rohingya, Burma’s Response Ruthless

In Arakan State, three-quarters of the victims of sectarian violence have been Muslims, but it is they who have suffered most at the hands of security forces.

Public Service Media Unlikely Before 2015 Elections: Minister

Burma’s Information Minister Aung Kyi says it could be late 2015 before state broadcaster Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) becomes a public service outlet.

Children of Mone Gone Village on the School Run—By Boat

The daily commute to school for children living in the shadow of Mandalay Division’s Mt. Popa takes them across a dam reservoir.

Arakan NGO to Hold Fundraising Concert for Conflict-Affected Children

Donations, to go toward educational resources for children in conflict zones, have so far come from Qatari firm Ooredoo and Burma’s former spy chief Khin Nyunt.

Strings Collaboration Celebrates Franco-Burmese Ties

The Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and a French string quartet join forces to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Franco-Burmese diplomatic relations.

Police Close Chinese Marriage-Fixing Agency on Burma-China Border

Burmese and Chinese police cooperate to close down a Chinese bride matching agency that illegally attempted to arrange marriages between Burmese women and Chinese men.

Peace Talks Turn to Future Federal Army Structure

Questions on how to structure a military that incorporates Burma’s ethnic rebel armies are raised during a meeting between political leaders and an ethnic alliance.