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MI Officers Could Be Released Soon: Lawmaker

A lawmaker said he expects the government to soon release dozens of former officers of the notorious Military Intelligence Service who were purged in 2004.

Thein Sein Says ‘a Healthy Constitution Must Be Amended’

The Burmese president says he supports efforts to change the Constitution and remove restrictions that currently prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

Over 800 Burmese Refugees Affected by Two Fires

An investigation is under way and aid agencies are distributing supplies after fires at two separate refugee camps in Thailand destroyed 165 homes last week.

From Feared Burma Spymaster to Art Gallery Owner

A former political prisoner walks into a small souvenir shop and meets the owner: a man once known in Burma as the Prince of Darkness.

The Irrawaddy Launches Weekly Burmese Journal

With the launch of our weekly print journal in Burmese on Thursday, The Irrawaddy will reach out to a larger readership inside the country.

Burma-Born English Novelist to Attend Second Irrawaddy Literary Festival

Wendy Law-Yone, one of Burma’s few novelists to write in English, is among the local and international authors to attend the second Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay.

USDP Announces Surprise Constitutional Amendment Proposal

The ruling USDP decides to put forth amendments to Burma’s controversial 2008 Constitution, including changes that would allow Aung San Suu Kyi to become president.

Rangoon University Looks to Keep Politics Off Campus

Students in the first undergraduate class in decades at Burma’s most famous university have been asked to sign pledges that put restrictions on their activities.

Keep Demonstration Permit in Assembly Law: Rights Commission Chairman

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission chairman expresses concern over Peaceful Assembly Law arrests, but says some rules on demonstration permits should remain unchanged.

Govt Reaches Out to Rebel Groups on Upcoming Census

Burma’s immigration minister tries to explain the upcoming national census to the leadership of the country’s numerous armed rebel groups.

Burma Pardons Political Offenders

Burma frees five prisoners and more are expected to be released as part of pledge by to free all political prisoners by the year’s end.

Suu Kyi’s Party to Contest 2015 Elections

The National League for Democracy said it will contest 2015 parliamentary elections even if Burma’s Constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.

For the Kids on Burma’s Streets, a Chance for Education

An organization providing informal schooling for children already out on the streets and working faces difficulties keeping kids in lessons.

In Burma, Facebook Is Increasingly Used for Social Activism

Facebook is hugely popular in Burma and lately the social networking site is also increasingly used for social activism.

Burma’s First ‘TechCamp’ to Take Place in January

Organizers say they want to build connections between civil society organizations and those with technical expertise at the US-backed event.

Cooperative Loan System Dogged By Corruption Complaints

Farmers from Naypyidaw’s Ottarathiri Township accuse officials of nepotism and corruption in implementing the government’s cooperative schemes, highlighting long-standing concerns over the decades-old policy.

Fire Destroys Houses in Mae La Camp on Thai-Burmese Border

Some in the biggest camp on the border, which is mainly home to ethnic Karen refugees, say as many as 170 homes were destroyed by a fire.

Ngwe Saung: A Tourist Paradise at the Expense of the Locals

Local farmers, fishermen and coconut tree owners were moved to make way for hotels built by companies with close likes to Burma’s former military junta.

Extremist Monks Hold Talks Throughout Strife-Torn Arakan State

Buddhist monks of the nationalist 969 movement are holding sermons throughout Arakan State, raising concerns over new outbreaks of violence between Buddhist and Muslims.

In Township Development, Civil Society Seeks a Voice

Community-based organizations in Burma want a greater say in how lawmakers use the US$100,000 they have been allotted for development projects in each township.