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Three Karen women’s groups urge various Karen rebel groups to unify militarily and politically in order to better represent the interests of the Karen people.

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Court Sentences 3 Journalists, 2 Media Owners to 2 Years in Prison

A Rangoon court sentences three journalists and two media owners to two years in prison after their journal published a story that upset the government.

After Karen Groups Pledge Military Cooperation, Leadership Divisions Appear

Shortly after commanders of different Karen rebel groups vowed military cooperation, cracks begin to appear within the leadership of the various groups.

New Political Party Aims to Put Burma’s Women in Power

Politically minded women in Mon State form a party to contest general elections in 2015, with the goal of appointing more women in Parliament.

‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’

Myo Thant Aung, chairman of Myanmar Positive Group, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s capacity to treat HIV and challenges for health workers and patients.

‘I Don’t Want Women’s Participation Just for Show’

Mar Mar Cho of the Women’s Organization Network of Myanmar talks about the role of women in modern Burma, where she says discrimination persists.

Fighting Continues in Karen and Mon States

Fighting between government forces and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in eastern Burma continued yesterday, leaving casualties on both sides, according to the DKBA.

Burma Official Asks US Congress Not to Block Military Engagement

American lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation that would restrict funding for security assistance to Burma’s military.

Burma Must Invest in Education to Boost Growth: ADB

A regional bank says Burma’s economy could grow at 9.5 percent a year until 2030, but that US$80 billion of investment is needed.

Burmese Independence Leader U Ottama Remembered

Seventy-five years after his death, ceremonies in Arakan State, Rangoon and further afield remember the Arakanese monk who stood up against British colonial rule.

‘Can’t They Spare Time for the People?’

Lawmaker Nyo Nyo Thin explains the challenges that make it difficult for her and others in the divisional parliament to respond to the public’s needs.

‘We Will Create an All-Inclusive Education System’

A top official in charge of basic education discusses the reforms planned in Burma’s education system as part of the National Education Bill.

Burma’s Sexist School Requirements Hurt Women—And Society

Universities seem to be systematically discouraging women from pursuing many leadership roles, and it’s a great loss for our country’s overall development.

Dethroned Burmese Beauty Queen and Pageant Officials Tussle Over Tiara

South Korean organizers of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant threatened police action in their row with dethroned Burmese beauty queen May Myat Noe.

‘If Men Can Do It, I Can Also’

An up-and-coming Burmese filmmaker talks about her latest award-winning documentary and the challenges that women directors frequently face in Burma.

Ethnic Strife Blurs Burma’s First Census in 30 Years

Provisional findings show the population to be 51.4 million, some 10 million less than expected, though an estimated 1.2 million people were not counted.

Burmese Women in Agriculture Face Pay Disparity, Discrimination

Women play a key role in crop production but are often viewed as laborers, rather than farmers, and make lower wages than their male counterparts.

Ex-Burmese Beauty Queen Accused of Stealing Crown

A Burmese beauty queen stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has absconded with the US$100,000 tiara, a South Korea-based pageant says.

For First Time in 50 Years, Burma’s Military Welcomes Women Officers

A class of female military cadets graduates from the Defense Services Academy, with the commander-in-chief of the armed forces attending the ceremony.

Teachers’ Federation Decries Lack of Consultation on Burma’s Education Bill

The National Education Bill was approved by Parliament last month, but has been criticized for failing to free the system from central government control.

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