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British ambassador Andrew Patrick is to raise concerns with government officials over a Tatmadaw artillery assault on a Kachin Independence Army military academy near Laiza that the KIA said left 23 trainees dead.

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The United Nations voiced their alarm on November 24 at an upsurge of fighting in Myanmar’s northern state of Kachin, as shelling was reported near civilian areas and rebels said clashes could spread. (more…)

The European Union (EU) and its partners have pledged more than US$300 million a year to Burma under a strategic cooperation programme from 2014 to 2016, together with loans from EU financial institutions. (more…)

As President Obama headed to Burma this month for his second visit to the country, he granted an exclusive interview to the Irrawaddy Journal & Magazine. His choice was an appropriate recognition of a news outlet that has been reporting fairly and courageously on Burma, also known as Myanmar, for more than two decades. But anyone who imagined this journalistic coup might induce the Irrawaddy to temper its clear-eyed assessments of U.S. policy hasn’t been paying attention. (more…)

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya minority “access to full citizenship on an equal basis” and to scrap its controversial identity plan. (more…)

Following a debate on human rights in Myanmar in the British Parliament November 19, Burma Campaign UK accuses the British government of being in denial about the reality of the reform process in Myanmar. (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 Arakan State parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya” during his most recent visit to Burma. (more…)

The Queensland Rohingya community gathered in front of King George Square in Brisbane, Australia on November 15 to remind the world leaders attending the G-20 summit of the plight faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar, said Noor Zaman, the president of Queensland Rohingya Community Inc, according to a report by Kaladan Press. (more…)

Myanmar is in the midst of changes unparalleled in our history. Expectations are high, but the needs of our people are even greater. We must succeed in our transition to peace, democracy and inclusive economic development. And for this to happen we need the rest of the world to appreciate the complexity of the challenges that the Burmese government faces. (more…)

US President Barack Obama’s reading of Burma’s current political situation is markedly different from what many Burmese people have perceived over the last two years. (more…)

The International Press Institute has called on Myanmar to thoroughly investigate the recent death of a journalist at the hands of the military and to release five staffers from a weekly newspaper sentenced to seven years behind bars, according to press release from the NGO November 13. (more…)

US President Barack Obama has used a meeting with a group of senior Burmese lawmakers to state that the military should not be a feature of the country’s political landscape. (more…)

The U.S. is teaming with Japan and Denmark to try to improve labor conditions in Myanmar, where poor conditions for workers have long been a concern. (more…)

Standing next to Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the law barring her from becoming president “doesn’t make much sense”. (more…)

Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week – they were hoping he would simply say their name. (more…)

They greeted one another with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and then Friday’s meeting between President Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi quickly moved beyond pleasantries. (more…)

The last time President Obama met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in 2012, it was in the glow of Myanmar’s opening to the West — a historic turn toward democracy that handed Mr. Obama a diplomatic victory and catapulted Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy icon, from house arrest to the political front lines. (more…)

President Obama will face questions on politics and education when he meets Southeast Asian young leaders at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Yangon University on November 14, youth who have been invited to participate told Mizzima on November 11. (more…)

The United Nations on Wednesday urged Myanmar to protect the rights of its stateless Rohingya people amid plans for a state program to issue second-class citizenship to members of the Muslim minority and expel those who don’t qualify. (more…)

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