All the World’s a Stage By

As Myanmar gears up for this year’s Thingyan festivities, some lament that traditional celebrations are being drowned out by raucous revelry.

Senior US Official Raises Arakan Concerns With Thein Sein By

The US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs meets Burma’s president and other top officials over the situation in Arakan State.


Police in Burma are implementing precautionary security measures and boosting the presence of law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of Thingyan revelers.


The Moulmein Leprosy Hospital is a refuge for hundreds of people affected by leprosy, a stigmatizing disease that the clinic has been battling since 1898.


Heavy fighting between government forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Army displaces more than 300 local residents in eastern Kachin State.

Letpadaung Trainees Go on Strike Over Pay and Conditions By

Locals hired as trainees by the Chinese firm developing the controversial copper-mining project in central Burma stage a demonstration.

Burmese Military Accompanies Census Enumerators in Conflict Area By

An official with the Kachin Independence Organization says villagers would flee if columns of government troops enter villages in ethnic Kachin areas.

Mon State to Allow Ethnic Language Classes in Govt Schools By

The state legislature passes a bill to allow the teaching of ethnic languages in government schools for the first time in more than 50 years.

Displaced Villagers Defy Govt, Resettle in Karen Rebel Territory By

About 160 villagers who were evicted from their homes near Rangoon resettled in rebel-held territory in Karen State in recent days, despite objections from authorities.

New Book Documents the Struggle of Burma’s Student Army By

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) is in the spotlight in a book launching in Thailand on Thursday and in Rangoon later this month.

Mandalay Prepares for a More Modern Water Festival By

Burma’s cultural capital is gearing up to celebrate Thingyan next week, but some local residents fear that longstanding festival traditions are quickly losing popularity.

Commission Criticizes Arakan Govt’s ‘Weak’ Handling of Riots By

An investigation launched by the Burmese government finds that an aid worker did not mishandle a Buddhist flag before a mob attacked offices and houses.

Relocated Thilawa SEZ Villagers Persist in Calls for JICA Meeting By

Families forced off their land by the Thilawa SEZ project in Rangoon Division again urge the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address their grievances.

Burma Election Commission to Ban Suu Kyi’s Campaign Strategy By

The chief of Burma’s national election commission defends the military’s political role and pledges to ban campaign methods used by the NLD in 2012.

Armed Groups, Govt Still Disagree on Burma Ceasefire Wording By

Despite an announcement that a single draft had been agreed upon in principle, key issues remain and the sides will meet once again in May.

North Korea Talks Not About Arms Deals, Says Burma Govt By

In the second meeting announced this year, North Korean officials met with counterparts in the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week in Naypyidaw.

Shan, Wa Rebels Clash Over Gold in Eastern Burma By

Clashes occur between the Shan State Army South and the United Wa State Army, stemming from a dispute over gold mining activities in Shan State.

While Talks Continue, KIO Keeps War Footing By

Despite the handshaking in Rangoon, Kachin armed forces on the frontline still have ample reason to remain vigilant in northern Burma.

As Census Winds Down, 85% of Burmese Population Counted: Official By

Burma’s national census agency says that as of Sunday, 85 percent of the country’s estimated population had participated in the census, which ends on Thursday.

Asean Highway Link Set for 2014 Completion: Karen State Official By

Construction on a section of the Asean Highway Network from Kawkareik to Myawaddy is expected to be completed this year, Karen State’s chief minister says.

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