A Kachin Leader’s Legacy Lives On Through His Daughter By

The eldest daughter of former KIO leader Maran Brang Seng will enter the Kachin State parliament on Feb. 8 to pursue her father’s struggle for a federal Burma

Kachin Displaced Pin Their Hopes on New NLD Government By

Living in limbo for more than four years, many IDPs hope the new government will prioritize peace in Kachin State so they could go home.

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The mixed martial arts rise of Aung La N Sang, known in the United States as “The Burmese Python,” took even his family by surprise.

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Experts say a holistic approach is needed to resolve Rangoon’s ever-worsening traffic jams, but the government’s response has been to tinker around the edges.

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Once a bicycle city, Mandalay has transformed into a place increasingly distinguished by its Harley Davidsons and other big bikes.

Child Sex Abuse Cases Spark Community Outrage, Calls for Harsher Sentences By

Campaigners have become increasingly strident in their demands for harsher punishments to be meted out to perpetrators in child sexual abuse cases.

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It’s rare in Burma for a political leader to leave office of their own accord, rarer still for an ousted leader to return to political life.

Smartphone Freedom Fuels Rise of Social Media in Burmese Politics By

Burma’s democratic reforms and telecom advances create new political spaces that are being claimed by activists and politicians through the use of social media.

Female Politicians Hope to Be Heard in Next Govt By

Burma’s female politicians hope that the increased number of women elected to the Union Parliament will spur the next government to take action on a number of prominent issues.

Clashes Cease in Wan Hai, but for How Long? By

Officers of the Shan State Army-North do not believe the current lull in the Burma Army’s two-month offensive is likely to last more than a few days.

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MEIKTILA, Mandalay Division — In the sea of the National League for Democracy’s overwhelming victory in Burma’s Nov. 8 elections there was a small island of success for the ruling party. Victory for the NLD in Meiktila, a city in central Mandalay Division, had seemed assured. But at a polling station on the night of […]

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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — While more than 33 million voters across Burma will be eligible to cast their ballots on Sunday, many of the 110,000 refugees on the other side of the Thai border are barely aware of the election at all. Few show any interest in the poll, and fewer still believe the result […]

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RANGOON — When millions of Burmese citizens go to the polls on Nov. 8, many will be hoping their votes can help make the country a freer and fairer place after half a century of iron-fisted military rule that has impoverished a once-promising nation. An estimated 33.5 million voters will be electing 325 Lower House […]

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MOULMEIN, Mon State — With just weeks before Burma’s landmark elections, a fleet of cars covered with stickers of the National Development Party (NDP) carrying flag-waving party supporters and Buddhist monks crawled through the streets of Moulmein, Mon State’s capital. The convoy was heading to the Strand Hotel on the banks of the Salween River. […]

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TWANTAY, Rangoon — This time last year, the Burmese rocker known simply as “She” was on a tight schedule, with monthly performances across the country. But since early October, the singer has been forced to cancel up to 10 concerts she was scheduled to perform. Now, with Burma’s general election just around the corner, the […]

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This November, several pro-government militia leaders elected in Burma’s widely discredited 2010 parliamentary poll are seeking a return to office on the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) ticket, a further reminder that guns still very much have a place in the country’s political arena. The recently finalized candidate list from the Union Election […]

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RANGOON — On a recent hot afternoon on a bustling street in Hlaing Thayar Township, residents and stall keepers were shading themselves from the blistering sun, but a group of youth activists clad in blue T-shirts were undeterred in their efforts to motivate would-be voters. “Soon there will be elections that could change our future. […]

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PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Division — Irrawaddy Division, the epicenter of Burma’s rice bowl and home to one in eight of the country’s citizens, has a political pedigree stretching back decades. It was the birthplace of both U Nu, the first post-independence leader of Burma, and U Thant, the revered former United Nations secretary-general. With less than six […]

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Ja Nan, an ethnic Kachin peace facilitator, is one of only a handful of women privy to the inner workings of Burma’s ceasefire negotiations.

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RANGOON — Faced with the emblems of five political parties, all of which featured a gold-colored peacock against a red backdrop, Myint Yi, a teashop owner in downtown Rangoon, was stumped when asked which of the parties they represented. After a few minutes of looking through different logos, she correctly identified the party logo of […]



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