Monday, February 11th, 2013


Kachin rebels and the Burmese military are continuing to clash in northern Burma after holding talks with government representatives earlier this week. (more…)

Burma is the “latest flashpoint in an alarming trend” of global land grabs, which continue to wreak havoc on economic development and human rights around the world, two new reports have warned. (more…)

Parliamentarian Thein Nyunt called on journalists to use “polite usage” and have a “positive attitude” when criticising the country’s parliament, according to a report in The New Light of Myanmar on Saturday. (more…)

Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi is seeking support from Myanmar military officials for a constitutional change that would allow her to become president, according to senior members of her party. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) said on Monday it would hold its first national congress on March 8-10, reflecting the dramatic political changes sweeping Myanmar. (more…)

Abu Kassim clutched his stomach and heaved forward, replaying the moment his uncle was shot dead last summer, one of scores of people who were killed as sectarian violence engulfed western Burma. (more…)

Several journalists who cover Myanmar said Sunday that they had received warnings from Google that their e-mail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” (more…)

Myanmar’s government denied on Monday that it was behind a possible attempt to hack into the email accounts of journalists working for foreign and local media who Google warned might have been the targets of “state-sponsored attackers.” (more…)

Human rights documents will be translated to Myanmar language and disseminated among the public according to Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) (more…)

Thousands of job-seekers from all over Burma have seen their hopes of finding work in neighboring Thailand dissolve as agents fail to follow through on promises of employment, leaving many to languish in the border town of Myawaddy as they try to decide their next move. (more…)

Myanmar received US$794 million in foreign investment over nine months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to an announcement from the Myanmar Investment Commission. (more…)

Companies that invest in land and resources in emerging economies risk financial and public relations disasters if local inhabitants feel they are getting ripped off, consultants warned in a report last week. (more…)

A hydropower project involving the government and International Group of Entrepreneur, better known as IGE, is less than one-quarter finished after almost nine years of work, the Ministry of Electric Power has revealed. (more…)

Environmentalists have called for the formation of a river conservation commission to to cover all Myanmar rivers following the establishment of the Irrawaddy River Conservation Commission by Mandalay Region Legislative Assembly Committee on February 6. (more…)

Myanmar hopes Thailand will allow more time for documenting an estimated one million migrant workers if the nationality verification (NV) process can’t be finished by the March 16 deadline. (more…)

The UN should mediate the upcoming peace talks between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), said Kachin peace broker San Aung. (more…)

Under increasing international criticism over the civil war in Kachin State, Burma’s government has sought to refocus attention on the reformist narrative that has dominated international coverage since President Thein Sein took office almost two years ago. (more…)

In November 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was freed from years of house arrest amid a tightly choreographed transition from military to democratic rule. Eighteen months later, her NLD won 43 out of 45 seats up for grabs in parliament in democratic by-elections, winning Suu Kyi an elected seat in parliament after her party’s boycott of the 2010 polls. (more…)

After living for 24 years in exile, Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese author known for his autobiography, “From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey,” is now visiting the country of his birth. He is an ethnic Karen and his 2002 book is about growing up in Burma under military rule. It was awarded the Kiriyama Prize, an international literary award given to books which will encourage greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia. He recently spoke to The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Phyo Tha about his return to Burma.
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The Burmese government’s decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases is a step in the right direction but the review needs to have a much wider reach, Amnesty International has said. (more…)