Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Reports of fierce fighting between Burma’s army and Kachin rebels has raised concerns, both domestically and internationally, about the fragile peace process and national reconciliation.  The United States Ambassador to Burma has for the first time visited northern Kachin state to assess the situation. (more…)

Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers raided a federal a police station in Kamaing village, in western Kachin State’s jade rich Hpakant Township (also Hpakan), yesterday morning. (more…)

Less than a week after being sent to Bangkok to receive treatment for severe burns sustained in a crackdown on anti-copper mine protests last month, 64-year-old monk U Teikkha Nyana’s long road to recovery has hit a major hurdle: a lack of money to cover his medical expenses. (more…)

Thandwe: Burma’s union parliamentary commission for investigating confiscations of agrarian land and other land has recently investigated 1,000 acres of farms seized by the army in Gwa Township in southern Arakan State. (more…)

The National Verification (NV) offices in Chiang Mai and Myawaddy announced on December 18—International Migrants Day—that they will extend their deadline for migrants to register until the end of the year; however other NV centers—including those in Mahachai and Ranong—did not, leaving hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants from Burma, Cambodia and Laos facing arrest and deportation. (more…)

Myanmar wants to scale down the size of its deep-sea port and industrial estate in Dawei, but Thailand fears a decrease could affect the feasibility of related projects. (more…)

Myanmar’s tourism industry is on the rise with tourist numbers expected to reach the one million mark by the end of the year. (more…)

Just two weeks after the violent police crackdown on peaceful copper mine protests, an international business investment assessor has included Burma in a top-10 league of countries at “extreme risk” for human rights abuses. (more…)

The U.N.’s special advisor on Burma on Wednesday visited refugee camps for those displaced by communal violence in restive Rakhine state, stressing the need to ensure the safety of Muslim Rohingyas who rights groups say bore the brunt of the violence. (more…)

Street vendors carry papayas on their heads as they pass in front of the former Rangoon Division courthouse. The former courthouse will be converted into a hotel, according to local media. (more…)

President Thein Sein on Monday called for the cessation of armed conflict in Burma, yet huge doubts still exists over whether he is in a position to make this happen. As head of state, his influence over state institutions should be strong, yet twice in the past year he has called on troops to end attacks on ethnic Kachin in the north, and to no avail. (more…)