Military Stabilized Kokang, Says Military-Made Movie

A new documentary offers a thorough, albeit lopsided, introduction to the war that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.


Around 300 people joined a protest in Rangoon on Wednesday to call for an end to international pressure on Burma over the Bay of Bengal migrant crisis.

Over Three Weeks, Fighting ‘Almost Daily’ in Kachin State: KIA

A rebel spokesman says recent clashes have been an almost daily occurrence in northern Burma, where government forces are encroaching on Kachin Independence Army territory.

Shwe Mann Urges Kokang to Disarm During Visit to Army Hospital

Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann addresses wounded soldiers in Lashio on Saturday, making a public appeal for rebels in northeastern Burma to immediately disarm.

More Funding Sought for Foundering Mon Language Program

A lawmaker asks the Mon State parliament to triple the 10,000 kyats it currently pays part-time instructors who teach the Mon language at government schools.

Muslim Leaders Urge Govt to Crack Down on Arakan Trafficking

Burma’s government is accused of failing to take action against Rohingya traffickers while neighboring countries crack down on the regional trade in humans.

Burma May Boycott Trafficking Summit over Use of Name ‘Rohingya’

Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay warns that Burma could still decide to boycott a regional meeting about human trafficking if it references the Rohingya.

Burma Says ‘Boat People’ Crisis Not Caused by Rohingya Strife

The Burmese government vows to collaborate with regional governments to combat human trafficking while denying that the exodus is caused by domestic conflict and discrimination.

For a relatively small ethnic group couched in a remote region along Burma’s eastern border, the Wa have a particularly colorful cultural presence.

A four-year decline in world rubber prices and difficulties in negotiating export hurdles has hit plantation owners hard in Wa territory.

As Fighting Rages in Northeast Burma, Govt Claims Territorial Gains

State-run media report that seven Kokang rebel soldiers were killed when Burma Army soldiers seized three “important hill posts” in the Kokang Special Region.

‘Secret Garden’ in Wa Special Region Leaves Much to the Imagination

Facebook user Yex Nang Song Nyi Nyi offers a glimpse into a mysterious park in Wa Special Region, where children can explore retired aircraft.

KNU Leader Rapped for ‘No Transparency’ in Peace Process

A Karen activist accuses the Karen National Union chairman of failing to act transparently in overseeing the ethnic armed group’s handling of Burma’s peace process.

NCCT Leader: Federalism Proposals Should Include Ethnic Army Guarantees

In the wake of the Panghsang summit, Nai Hong Sar says that any nationwide peace agreement should include provisions for state-based ethnic armies.

Ethnic Leaders Cite Wa Prosperity in Calls for Federalism

The Panghsang summit appears to have hardened the resolve of the nation’s ethnic leaders to pursue a federal political settlement with the government.

As Summit Closes, Ethnic Leaders Say Unchanged Charter Cripples Peace Deal

Burma’s ethnic rebel leaders call on the government to prove its commitment to peace through constitutional reform and a cessation of hostilities.

Tea is tops in Mong Mao, a district of the Wa Special Region in northeastern Burma’s Shan State where opium poppies once bloomed.

3 Ethnic Rebel Groups Threaten Rejection of Nationwide Ceasefire

The position of the Palaung, Arakanese and Kokang rebels not only complicates their participation in a ceasefire, but also that of the powerful Wa rebels.

‘We Have Been Subjected to International Pressure’

In a rare interview with The Irrawaddy, United Wa State Army Chairman Bao Youxiang discusses the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement and insists that opium production in Wa territory has ceased.

The Irrawaddy visits unkempt remains of the former headquarters of the Communist Party of Burma, as ethnic leaders convene in remote Wa Special Region.

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