Syrian forces shoot at mourners

A body is brought out for burial in Syria's Deraa region, 23 April

At least nine people are killed as Syrian security forces open fire at funerals for anti-government protesters killed on Friday, reports say.

US Predator drone (file)

First US Predator strike in Libya

The US military confirms the first strike by an unmanned Predator drone aircraft on an unspecified target in Libya.

Burma’s junta-backed USDP party has launched a new registration drive using their old tactics of cheap loans and promises of local road building.
Burma’s Union Election Commission will hear all legal cases related to complaints of irregularities in last years election, most of which were filed by junta-backed USDP party candidates.
A timber smuggling ring of more than 70 people—including Forestry Department staff— are detained in the Indo-Burmese border town of Tamu in Sagaing Division.
Rohingya refugees who fled repression in Burma have no protection from abuse, starvation and detention in Bangladesh, says Refugees International.
Documents seen by The Irrawaddy reveal that the regime was bracing itself for civilian unrest in wake of international pro-democracy demonstrations.
Ministry of Defense officials see evidence that Snr-Gen Than Shwe has retained control of Burma’s military.
A top Pentagon official has expressed concern over the role of the Burmese military junta in regional weapons proliferation.
A reporter from The Irrawaddy travels to the Kachin Independence Army headquarters and training camps.
Burmese authorities are raiding cyber cafes and pressuring them to stop providing overseas communication.
Child soldiers who desert from the Burmese army to escape mistreatment often end up as sex slaves in the country’s prisons.
Traumatized people in the earthquake area face a host of health problems.

Big Brother watches, inspects Danish students’ notebooksRegimets-fotografer-s(Feature) The sun was up high in the sky when our group of Danish students and teachers walked into …

Inspection checkpoints are reduced in Shan State, increasing productivityInspection time for examining goods at numerous vehicle checkpoints on the Mandalay-Muse Road has been significantly …

PRRS disease reported in pig farms in Naypyitawblue-ear-pig-disease-sAn outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) was reported in Naypyitaw in …

Before carrying a laptop or second camera on train, pay your taxtrain-station-rangoon-sIf you want to carry your laptop computer or more than one camera on a train in Burma, if you forget to …

USDP party vying to compete in free funeral servicesffs-kyaw-thu-sThe head of the popular Free Funeral Services in Rangoon says the Union Solidarity and Development …

Weekly appeal letters to be sent to President Thein Seinthei-sein-speak-sAn appeal letter urging the new government to release all political prisoners will be sent to President …

Tay Za: Sanctions ‘obviously unfair’tay-za-richest-private-citizen-s(Business) In a rare interview published in ‘The Future’ magazine in Rangoon, Burmese business tycoon Tay Za …

Thuta Swesone Literary Award winners announcedThuta-Swesone-sThe winners in the sixth Thuta Swesone Literary Award for a Burmese book published in 2009 were …

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MPs blocked from cyclone victims

Members of Arakan party told they cannot go on fact-finding mission in Myebon town where 10,000 homes were destroyed last year

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Chinese dam-builders ‘risking conflict’

Activists describe Chinese companies as ‘reckless’ and lament lack of transparency and consultation over dam-building in countries like Burma

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Burma shuns Dhaka migrant conference

Government officials absent from major conference on migrant-sending nations, despite 10 percent of Burma travelling abroad to work

Lifting the veil on Burma’s military


Despite decades of vilification of the Burmese army, we really know so little about it. Understanding the mindset of the junta is key to unlocking Burma’s crisis