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Can Meditation Really Slow Aging? By

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in the United States, thinks so.

Portraits of Burma’s Independence Hero By

An art exhibition to honor Gen. Aung San opens on Saturday, the 67th anniversary of the independence hero’s assassination by a political rival in Rangoon.

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On the upmarket resort island of Ko Tao, about 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry hail from southern Burma.

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In Mrauk U, a campaign is under way to preserve religious edifices that date back to Arakanese kingdoms but have been neglected for years.

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A creative musical challenges priorities in international efforts to end human trafficking.

Book Review—Refugee Camp Governance with a Difference By

A new book on the 30-year history of refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border gives new insight into the unique way they were run.

Black Gold Rush By

Oil fields abandoned by Burma’s state-owned oil company have turned into a lawless arena for local drillers and petrol smugglers.

Yangon’s Pedal Power By

The commercial capital’s ubiquitous “sai kaa” cycle rickshaws support a sizeable workforce, and offer a unique way to see the city.

Talking Peace, Thinking War By

Burma’s vaunted “peace process” is in danger of collapsing, as the beating of war drums begins to drown out the sound of talks.

A Day in the Valley of Darkness By

A Polish explorer travels to Hukawng Valley, which he describes as Burma in miniature — a place where the entire country’s problems are concentrated.

‘The Last Headhunter’ By

A Polish writer travels to a remote village in northern Burma and sips tea with a former Naga chief headhunter.

Growing Opium Makes Economic Sense for Kayan Farmers By

Farmers in the southern tip of Burma’s Shan State say that growing poppies can earn them 10 times more than planting other crops.

Craftsmen and Toymakers Struggle to Survive in Sagaing By

Burmese traditional arts face a dwindling market in Sagaing, the cultural sister city of Mandalay that is famous for pottery and papier mâché.

Left Behind, Elderly Find an Advocate in Burma By

A co-founder of the Free Funeral Services Society turns her attention to assisting the elderly who are left behind when their younger caretakers die.

Burmese Food Truck to Deliver Street Eats With a Side of Tolerance By

Fund-raising is under way to launch the Rangoon-based Harmoneat truck, which will serve dishes from various ethnic groups along with a note about cultural traditions.

Japan’s Thilawa Aid Widens Burma Factories vs Farms Divide By

Critics say the landmark Thilawa special economic zone is pushing families deeper into poverty, and accuse local officials of strong-arm tactics to force resettlements.

Burma Land Grab Victims Turn to Black Magic By

Frustrated by a lack of resolution through conventional means, some land grab victims in Burma are turning to old ways: curses and black magic.

A Murky Story By

The legend of the Dhammazedi Bell, supposedly lost in the murky Yangon River, has long chimed with dreamers and schemers alike.

Forgotten, but Not Gone By

Half a millennium after the Portuguese first set foot in Myanmar, their legacy lives on in a remote corner of the country’s north.

Making Opium (and the Past) Go Away By

A peculiar little museum in a remote corner of eastern Myanmar’s Shan State shows how to eradicate drugs—and erase history.






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