$110m in Methamphetamines Seized in Rangoon, Tachileik

Burmese authorities seize over $110 million worth of methamphetamine tablets in two separate drug busts near the Thai-Burma border and in the commercial capital Rangoon.

3 Kachin Villagers Still Missing a Month After Burma Army Arrest

Over a month after the disappearance of three ethnic Kachin villagers in northern Burma, their families struggle to get by while searching for answers.

Ceasefire Talks End Without Resolve, Will Resume in August

The latest round of peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups wrap up in Rangoon with little concrete progress.

As Third Day of Peace Talks Resumes, Key Ethnic Demands Still Unresolved

As a third day of talks on a nationwide ceasefire resumes in Rangoon on Friday, it remains unclear whether resolution will be found on key outstanding points.

Burma’s ethnic rebels and government peace negotiators reconvene in Rangoon after a four-month lull in the nation’s ongoing ceasefire talks.

Love of the Union or Love of the Party? The USDP Must Decide

While the USDP is intrinsically linked to the objectives of the Burmese Armed Forces, a faction within the party tries to form a distinct agenda.

The rapidly expanding Muse trade hub is falling prey to the scourge of Burma’s other proposed SEZs: skyrocketing land prices and loss of tenure rights.

Thein Sein Undecided on Re-Election Bid: President’s Office

Speculation over President Thein Sein’s political intentions kicks into high gear amid reports that Burma’s sitting chief executive will not seek a second term.

Casualties on Both Sides as Conflict Between DKBA, Govt Drags On

Fighting between the Burma Army and ethnic Karen rebels brings casualties for both sides as a dispute over illegal taxation in Karen State remains unresolved.

A rare cemetery for government troops in northern Shan State hosts the graves of some 200 soldiers who died at the height of the Kokang conflict.

Military Opposition to Charter Change Could Entrench Public Trust Deficit

The military’s opposition to constitutional amendments may harm efforts to conclude a nationwide ceasefire and undermine trust at home and abroad.

Civilians Injured in Ongoing Fighting in Hpakant

Scores of civilians fled their homes on Wednesday, while others were caught in the crossfire, as conflict in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township continued.

Burma Army Chief Says Ethnic Rebels Should Abandon Arms, Make ‘Logical’ Demands

Min Aung Hlaing reaffirms the military’s position that ethnic armed groups should disarm in their pursuit of peace during a meeting with a Chinese envoy.

TNLA Says 200m Kyats in Drugs Seized

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army says it has detained six people and seized drugs worth nearly 200 million kyats (US$167,000) in northern Shan State.

Charter Reform Vote Ripples Through Ethnic Leadership, Further Damaging Trust

In the aftermath of a constitutional reform battle, Burma’s ethnic armed groups predict the decision could drive a deeper wedge into the country’s peace efforts.

Govt Summons Ethnic Peace Team, Defends Ceasefire Draft

Government peace negotiators invite ethnic leaders for terse talks, reiterating that they do not want to alter the current draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Ma Ba Tha to Trade Bullhorns for Broadcast Towers in Radio Deal

The Buddhist nationalist organization will trade in their bullhorns for broadcast towers after a Thai religious delegation pledged funding to build the group two radio stations.

Support Incumbents, Ma Ba Tha Leader Tells Monks

An influential nationalist monk urges his fellow Buddhist clergymen to rally support for the incumbent government instead of Burma’s political opposition in the general election.

Military Promises Shwedagon Highrises ‘Will be Stopped’: Ma Ba Tha

The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claims that senior military figures have promised to halt five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.

Burma Deports Another 37 Boat People to Bangladesh

Thirty-seven migrants are deported from western Burma to Bangladesh, as nearly 600 others remain in shelters near the border, officials say.

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