The group’s new leaders are expected to accelerate peace talks and development projects, but observers and local sources urge them to proceed with caution.
Observers say Gen Saw Johnny may help accelerate the government’s peace process as he steps in to lead the Karen National Liberation Army.
As government troops tell armed rebels to leave their strategic position in Kachin State, an already bloody conflict seems poised to escalate.
The Karen National Union elects pragmatic military chief Gen Mutu Say Poe as its new chairman to lead the group.
Despite fierce fighting with the Kachin Independence Army, the Burmese government suggests another round of peace talks in early January.
“Burmese Shadows,” by veteran photojournalist Thierry Falise, will soon be available in Burma, giving the country an unvarnished portrait of its own recent history.
As war escalates in north Burma, ethnic rebels claim to have killed and injured more than 60 government soldiers after an attack on their headquarters.
The Burmese army opened another front in its fight with Kachin rebels by launching attacks in the Lajayang area, nearby rebel headquarters, Kachin sources said.
The Burma Army is believed to be using Swedish and Russian-made weapons against rebels in northernmost Kachin State.
As fighting between the Burma Army and Kachin rebels heats up in northern Burma, Kachin forces claim to have killed dozens of soldiers.
The continued detention of former monk and Saffron Revolution leader Gambira is generating a wave of concern from the international community.
Amid recent criticism of the Karen National Union’s aging leadership, Chairman Gen Tamla Baw, 93, announces that he will quit and make way for a new leader.
Naypyidaw denies the existence of a bilateral nuclear program with North Korea as reports emerge that uranium enrichment material was intercepted en route to Burma.
Tourism may be booming by the famed Golden Rock of Kyaikto Township in Mon State but the benefits are not yet trickling down very far.
Karen groups meet with Karen National Union leaders and ask for inclusion of civil society in peace talks and unity among KNU leaders.
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receive a rapturous welcome from thousands of Burmese eager to witness a historic moment.
Burma may be Asia’s rising star, but serious doubts remains whether it can battle through the chaos of past mismanagement to swiftly realize this potential.
Rangoon may be receiving a facelift before Barack Obama arrives, but the government’s key gesture falls flat with no political prisoners amongst 452 released inmates.
The United Nations refugee agency calls on Bangladesh to open its borders to Rohingya Muslims fleeing communal violence in western Burma by sea.
Ordinary Burmese may not care much about US President Barack Obama’s visit to their country next week, but China is certainly paying attention.