Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘When NLD Lawmakers Deal with Ethnic Issues, They Need to Use Their Heart and Their Brain’ By

This week, the panel discusses Burma’s new Parliament and how, going forward, it will handle the country’s important political and ethnic issues.


Outside the commercial capital Rangoon lies a safe haven that, just over the past four months, has helped more than 200 sick and abandoned felines.


Parliamentarians and civil society activists argue that Burma needs a more concrete social welfare policy to help mothers in the workplace.


An Arakanese lawmaker warned the National League for Democracy Friday against amending several controversial laws that critics contend are discriminatory.


Burma’s currency has seen a turnaround in value since the new Parliament convened on Monday, a trend experts say is set to persist.

Shwe Mann to Head Powerful Legislative Commission By

Burma’s former Parliament Speaker, who is viewed as an ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, is appointed to lead a legislative oversight commission.

Mon State’s Moulmein and America’s Fort Wayne Formalize ‘Sister City’ Relationship By

The Mon State capital and Fort Wayne in Indiana became “sister cites” Thursday, with a promise of future exchanges of education, commerce and culture.

Netizens Call Out Facebook Threats over Article 59(f) By

Police in South Okkalapa Township say they are investigating a Facebook user who wrote a message threatening violence if Article 59(f) was suspended.


Known for its focus on discipline, Maha Gandayone Monastery attracts many visitors eager to see daily life for the hundreds of monks on the grounds.

Industry Observers Call for Investment Body Shake-Up By

Burma’s next government needs to create new policies under reshuffled leadership within the Myanmar Investment Commission, industry observers say.

Hundreds Homeless after Blaze Rips Through Namhsan Town By

A massive fire which broke out Thursday and burned for over 12 hours has left hundreds homeless in Northern Shan State’s Namhsan town.

Missing Chinese Journalist Under Investigation in China By

A Chinese journalist and rights activist who disappeared in Thailand last month is now under investigation in China, his wife said on Thursday.

Thai Police: Slain Spanish Man ID’d from Body Parts in River By

Bangkok police have said they have identified a man whose body parts were found floating in the city’s Chao Phraya River as a Spanish consultant.

Seoul, Tokyo Threaten to Intercept N. Korean Rocket Debris By

South Korea and Japan have vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket North Korea plans to fire this month.


A massive fire tore through northern Shan State’s Namhsan on Thursday, reportedly destroying over 200 homes.

Candidates Put Forward for Parliamentary Standing Committees By

Burma’s respective parliamentary speakers on Thursday recommended members for two standing committees: the Draft Bill and Public Accounts committees.


Yangon Door2Door, Burma’s first food delivery service, braves the city streets by bicycle to deliver your favorite meals directly to your doorstep.


Given his close ties to Suu Kyi, speculation has mounted over whether Shwe Mann will be handed an influential political position under the new government.

Army Vows Probe After Video of Officer Beatings Circulates By

The Burma Army vows to investigate its own after a video surfaces online showing senior officers beating their junior counterparts at a training facility.


Beyond her own ambitions, it is clear that the electorate overwhelmingly favors Suu Kyi as the country’s leader. So is it possible?

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