December 2012

Five jet fighters and two helicopters gunships have launched heavy attacks against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Lajayang region, about 11 kilometers from Laiza, where the rebel group makes its headquarters on the Sino-Burma border, according to local sources. (more…)

Laiza – A little-known rebel group of Buddhist soldiers from western Burma are fighting alongside mostly Christian Kachin soldiers in the country’s far north, as a war with the government’s army for greater autonomy and basic rights continues to escalate. (more…)

Pyinyananda was chanting with dozens of fellow Buddhist monks when an object landed in the folds of his orange robes and blew up. (more…)

Myanmar said Friday it will allow private daily newspapers starting in April for the first time since 1964, in the latest step toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. (more…)

Those bent on divide-and-rule may not like it, but it is a fact that Shan movements, both armed and unarmed, are developing closer relations following the forum in Rangoon, 26-28 November, when 18 groups of Shans from all over Burma participated, according to sources from Shan State. (more…)

Myanmar has appointed a high-level committee to recommend reforms to its natural resource sector, a major step towards adopting global standards on governance of its extractive industries. (more…)

The real estate market in Tavoy is booming since Burmese President Thein Sein and Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra visited the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) earlier this month, local realtors say. (more…)

In her long, scarlet sarong, crisp white shirt and nurse’s cap pinned neatly in place, Khin Aye Nwe looks as though she belongs in a modern hospital. (more…)

Dear Burma School came into being 10 years ago. On the first day the school opened, classes were conducted in front of Ramkamhaeng University’s student club building, where they stayed for several months. (more…)

Four people smugglers were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison by a Thai court after 54 illegal workers from Myanmar suffocated to death inside a seafood container, an official said on Friday. (more…)

Following Burmese President Thein Sein’s meeting with representatives of the China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) in Naypyitaw on Monday, China’s media reported that he had all but guaranteed the continuation of China-backed projects in Burma. (more…)

Even though Burma has insisted that its fast-improving relationship with the United States will not come at the expense of ties with its huge neighbor to the north, China doesn’t seem to see it that way. (more…)

Reforming Burma’s underfunded and outdated education system is a key priority for raising living standards in the country and rebuilding higher education will start with improving academic education at Rangoon University, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday. (more…)

Myanmar’s president voiced rare public criticism of his government Wednesday, saying that rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country’s much-touted reform process. (more…)

A flight packed with Christmas tourists crash-landed on a road in central Myanmar on Tuesday, killing at least two people and injuring 11, officials said. (more…)

The Burma Army has issued an order to armed ethnic rebels in Kachin State that observers say is akin to a declaration of war, as the government claims to be working toward peace in the region. (more…)

Rolling back a blanket to show a right leg clad in a thick white bandage, *Tin Maung Win sighs and slowly manages a rueful half-smile. (more…)

Ethnic rebels in Karen State have elected a new army chief who is expected to take a pragmatic approach to ongoing peace talks with the government. (more…)

Leaders of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) have said they are open to a merger with their main rival Shan party before the 2015 election to better compete against the National League for Democracy and Union Solidarity and Development Party, according to a report in the Myanmar Times on December 24. (more…)

The government has threatened legal action against the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) for publishing pictures of the woman whose rape and murder sparked sectarian violence in June, according to a report by the Narinjara news journal. (more…)

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