A week ago as Aung San Suu Kyi and US President Barack Obama were meeting in Yangon, a piece of largely unreported news slipped out of the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

In the silences as well as the speeches made during President Obama’s recent visit to Myanmar, attentive observers could glimpse a dramatic illustration of the tension between morality and amoral realism in the execution of US foreign policy. (more…)

The Myanmar government’s educational advisory group recognizes the call by protesting students to decentralize control over universities but claims there are limits to how independent they could be. (more…)

More than 80 percent of Yangon’s 7 million inhabitants do not have a bank account, according to a two-month survey carried out by Yangon-based Thura Swiss research and consultancy company. (more…)

Rice prices have pulled back from a sharp slump in recent days, amidst a predicted rise in exports and expectations that recent heavy rains could reduce the size of this year’s crop. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Industry signed an agreement last month to borrow US$20 million from a Singaporean private bank and $30 million from a Vietnamese state-owned bank so that it can increase government loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a ministry official said. (more…)

Foreign professionals, technicians, investors, former Myanmar citizens and spouses of citizens will be eligible for permanent resident status under a scheme to be unveiled later this month. (more…)

Thai police have requested the court to extend the remand of two Burmese migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists, as they continue to search for enough evidence to start a trial, an official at the Burma Embassy in Thailand has said. (more…)

The Myanmar Press Council (Interim) was scheduled to meet the Ministry of Defence over the weekend to discuss the military’s plan to disseminate information to journalists. (more…)

The national parliament has approved a massive increase in funding for security on the border between Rakhine State and Bangladesh, amid growing concerns about insurgent and possibly terrorist activity in the area. (more…)

A group of Myanmar reporters and editors received four days of training on religious freedom and conflict reporting last week in Yangon. (more…)

Two additional armed ethnic groups have said that members of their ranks were killed during an artillery attack on a Kachin Independence Army or KIA training facility on Wednesday. (more…)

Burmese women’s rights advocates added their voices to the contentious debate on amending Burma’s Constitution this week, urging charter changes to promote gender equality during the Beijing+20 regional review forum held in Bangkok. (more…)

Villagers from Kyi Myin Dine Township have spent the past five days urging the reopening of an access road, the closure of which has added an hour to the commute of school students each morning. (more…)

Police in Rangoon may charge more than 20 Burmese journalists who held an unauthorized prayer service on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists in the commercial capital early this month. (more…)

Twenty-three cadets killed by Burmese artillery fire on Wednesday were not members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) but trainees from four other non-state armies, the KIA confirmed. (more…)

Ethnic minority groups in Myanmar said on Thursday that peace talks with the government, one of the cornerstones of the country’s reform program, were in jeopardy after at least 23 rebel cadets were killed in an attack by the military. (more…)

The Union Parliament passed the National Education Law on Sep 30, amidst strident opposition from student unions and education professionals. (more…)

The ASEAN Summit is finished. The international visitors have moved on, Naypyidaw hoteliers can adjust their room rates to reasonable levels again, and the Myanmar government can breathe a sigh of relief. (more…)

Despite local opposition, the Karen National Union has deployed its staff to secure the area in Dawei Township, Taninthayi Region, where the Banchaung mining project is located, according to locals. (more…)

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