Monday, January 5th, 2015


Former political prisoners have revived a photographic campaign calling for the release of all prisoners incarcerated for political reasons and an end to ongoing politically motivated arrests in Burma. (more…)

Farmers in Mandalay protested on Monday to demand fair land compensation and the release of 10 detained activists, in the second large-scale demonstration against the Myotha Industrial Zone since construction began in 2012. (more…)

Police in Sagaing Division have been asked to launch a criminal investigation into the death of a 56-year-old villager shot dead by police while protesting against alleged land rights violations near the Letpadaung copper mine. (more…)

Church colleagues on Monday proudly welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal. (more…)

Myanmar marked the 67th anniversary of independence on January 4 with a massive military parade in Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

Residents of Kachin State, citing ongoing fighting and lack of peace, have called on their state government to cancel the traditional Manaw dance celebration. (more…)

Burma’s traffic police chiefs are asking the public to improve safety on the road. (more…)

President Thein Sein and Burma Army chief Min Aung Hlaing held separate meetings with ethnic armed group representatives in Naypyidaw on Monday, and the president said he hoped that a nationwide ceasefire accord could be reached in Burma next month. (more…)

Workers for private companies and in State employment are eligible to sign up for social security but so far the scheme has seen few takers, according to an official at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. (more…)

Political party leaders have accused House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann of launching his party’s election campaign during meetings with farmers across Myanmar. (more…)

Mandalay residents will soon get to follow their counterparts in Yangon to the polling booth to elect municipal officials. (more…)

Burma’s business development prospects in 2015 are forecast to be mixed as the country grapples with a variety of problems ranging from domestic political uncertainty to outside economic influences beyond its control. (more…)

A National Export Strategy should arrive this month, with assistance from economic donors, according to Ministry of Commerce economic adviser U Maung Aung. (more…)

Poor power supply continues to plague Myanmar. (more…)

A decade ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. (more…)

We have now entered 2015. The next 12 months promise a considerable number of challenges and problems. The question is, can they be overcome? (more…)

Prominent Myanmar-watcher, journalist and author (“Outrage”, “Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy”) Bertil Lintner was in Yangon for a weeklong journalism workshop. The formerly blacklisted writer was interviewed by Mizzima’s Tin Zar Aung about recent political developments and the year ahead. (more…)

Myanmar’s opening to the world and embrace of democracy after the change of government in 2011 was a boon for a tourist industry that had long languished in the doldrums.With its myriad attractions, Myanmar has fast become one of the world’s top emerging destinations. (more…)