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Myanmar’s Wathann Film Festival Closes with Praise for High Standard of Entries

Documentary on Shan State opium farmers, short film about a man struggling to cover cost of treating a sick friend among this year’s winners at WFF.

Myanmar Organic Poultry Farm Boss Named UN Sustainability Pioneer

A Yangon-based poultry farmer has been picked out by the United Nations as one of 10 entrepreneurs offering a model for sustainable development.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Organic Poultry Farm Boss Named UN Sustainability Pioneer

A Yangon-based poultry farmer has been picked out by the United Nations as one of 10 entrepreneurs offering a model for sustainable development.

Violence in Rakhine Escalates on Eve of Myanmar Peace Talks

The Myanmar army deployed helicopters in clashes with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State on Monday; an AA spokesperson warned this will cause fighting to intensify.
The Irrawaddy

Violence in Rakhine Escalates on Eve of Myanmar Peace Talks

The Myanmar army deployed helicopters in clashes with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State on Monday; an AA spokesperson warned this will cause fighting to intensify.

Myanmar Military Proposes Charter Change to Ban Ministers with Foreign Spouses, Children

Critics say draft bill seeks to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of govt if NLD wins another term in next year’s election; proposal covers Union ministers, chief ministers.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Proposes Charter Change to Ban Ministers with Foreign Spouses, Children

Critics say draft bill seeks to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of govt if NLD wins another term in next year’s election; proposal covers Union ministers, chief ministers.

Myanmar’s Karen Activists Challenge ‘Martyr’ Protest Charges

Three Karen activists say they will fight illegal gathering charges after unregistered Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Karen Activists Challenge ‘Martyr’ Protest Charges

Three Karen activists say they will fight illegal gathering charges after unregistered Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon.

Myanmar, China to Re-Demarcate Border Next Year, Minister Says

Aerial photography of boundary to begin in January; govt says demarcation must be complete before work can begin on economic cooperation zones in Shan, Kachin states.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar, China to Re-Demarcate Border Next Year, Minister Says

Aerial photography of boundary to begin in January; govt says demarcation must be complete before work can begin on economic cooperation zones in Shan, Kachin states.

Wild Elephants Destroy Crops, Home in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Region

A herd of wild elephants trampled crops and homes in Ngapudaw Township, Irrawaddy Region Monday. Experts say incidents like this are linked to declining elephant habitats.
The Irrawaddy

Wild Elephants Destroy Crops, Home in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Region

A herd of wild elephants trampled crops and homes in Ngapudaw Township, Irrawaddy Region Monday. Experts say incidents like this are linked to declining elephant habitats.

UN Says Rohingya Still in Myanmar Face ‘Threat of Genocide’

New report says continuing persecution makes return of refugees impossible; Myanmar envoy rejects claim, says govt’s Commission of Inquiry is still doing its work. 
The Irrawaddy

UN Says Rohingya Still in Myanmar Face ‘Threat of Genocide’

New report says continuing persecution makes return of refugees impossible; Myanmar envoy rejects claim, says govt’s Commission of Inquiry is still doing its work. 

Presence of Myanmar Military Officials Raises Hopes of Progress at Peace Talks

The Northern Alliance members meeting with government peace negotiators in Kengtung had requested that officials with military decision-making authority attend the talks.
The Irrawaddy

Presence of Myanmar Military Officials Raises Hopes of Progress at Peace Talks

The Northern Alliance members meeting with government peace negotiators in Kengtung had requested that officials with military decision-making authority attend the talks.

Indonesia Shuts Schools as Smoke From Forest Fires Takes Health Toll

Clinics in Sumatra and Borneo treat thousands for respiratory problems as air pollution remains at dangerous levels; poor visibility grounds Garuda flights.
The Irrawaddy

Indonesia Shuts Schools as Smoke From Forest Fires Takes Health Toll

Clinics in Sumatra and Borneo treat thousands for respiratory problems as air pollution remains at dangerous levels; poor visibility grounds Garuda flights.

USDP Leader Urges Myanmar Citizens to ‘Take Care of the Race’

The chairman of Myanmar’s opposition party has called for citizens to ‘put Myanmar above all else.’ Critics question the impact of this type of nationalist language.
The Irrawaddy

USDP Leader Urges Myanmar Citizens to ‘Take Care of the Race’

The chairman of Myanmar’s opposition party has called for citizens to ‘put Myanmar above all else.’ Critics question the impact of this type of nationalist language.

Myanmar Ex-Information Minister Criticizes Successor’s Failure to Reform

Former information minister U Ye Htut says access to information and state relations with the media have failed to improve under current minister.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Ex-Information Minister Criticizes Successor’s Failure to Reform

Former information minister U Ye Htut says access to information and state relations with the media have failed to improve under current minister.

Chinese Magazine’s Depiction of Mandalay Palace Causes Anger in Myanmar

China Today cover showing Chinese palace reflected in moat of Mandalay Palace provokes backlash among Myanmar social media users.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Magazine’s Depiction of Mandalay Palace Causes Anger in Myanmar

China Today cover showing Chinese palace reflected in moat of Mandalay Palace provokes backlash among Myanmar social media users.

Reconciliation Key to Developing Myanmar’s Democracy, President Says

President says democracy in Myanmar ‘in fledgling stage’ at event to mark International Democracy Day; State Counselor urges all groups to act in the national interest.
The Irrawaddy

Reconciliation Key to Developing Myanmar’s Democracy, President Says

President says democracy in Myanmar ‘in fledgling stage’ at event to mark International Democracy Day; State Counselor urges all groups to act in the national interest.

Myanmar Military MP Echoes Dictator, Suggests Current Democracy ‘Chaotic’

A military lawmaker in Myanmar invoked language from previous dictator Sen-Gen Than Shwe to imply the country’s democracy is ‘chaotic’ and dependent on the military.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military MP Echoes Dictator, Suggests Current Democracy ‘Chaotic’

A military lawmaker in Myanmar invoked language from previous dictator Sen-Gen Than Shwe to imply the country’s democracy is ‘chaotic’ and dependent on the military.

Oil Price Soars After Attack on Saudi Facilities, as Asian Shares Struggle

Chinese industrial output growth weakens, dragging down Asian markets; safe-haven assets including gold and yen rise.
The Irrawaddy

Oil Price Soars After Attack on Saudi Facilities, as Asian Shares Struggle

Chinese industrial output growth weakens, dragging down Asian markets; safe-haven assets including gold and yen rise.

Hong Kong Reopens After Violent Weekend of Clashes and Protests

Police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets over the weekend as demonstrations turned violent, with protesters attacking govt offices with petrol bombs.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Reopens After Violent Weekend of Clashes and Protests

Police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets over the weekend as demonstrations turned violent, with protesters attacking govt offices with petrol bombs.

Civilian Dies, 6 Hurt as Villages Shelled in Clash Between AA, Myanmar Military

Navy shells three riverside villages in Rakhine’s Kyauktaw Township after being fired upon by AA soldiers, local residents say.
The Irrawaddy

Civilian Dies, 6 Hurt as Villages Shelled in Clash Between AA, Myanmar Military

Navy shells three riverside villages in Rakhine’s Kyauktaw Township after being fired upon by AA soldiers, local residents say.

Fighting Reported Between Myanmar Military, TNLA

Despite a recently declared ceasefire, fights nixed a Buddhist celebration and left locals in fear in Namhsan Township, in the north of Myanmar’s Shan State on Friday.
The Irrawaddy

Fighting Reported Between Myanmar Military, TNLA

Despite a recently declared ceasefire, fights nixed a Buddhist celebration and left locals in fear in Namhsan Township, in the north of Myanmar’s Shan State on Friday.

Democracy and A Question – ‘Is Aung San Suu Kyi Winning?’

The leaders of history’s great struggles didn’t stop to ask themselves the ‘score’ at any given point; they kept their eyes on the prize and never gave up.
The Irrawaddy

Democracy and A Question – ‘Is Aung San Suu Kyi Winning?’

The leaders of history’s great struggles didn’t stop to ask themselves the ‘score’ at any given point; they kept their eyes on the prize and never gave up.

Myanmar’s NLD Brushes Off Removal of Suu Kyi’s London Honor

The City of London has removed its most prestigious honor from State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in protest at the 2017 Rohingya crackdown.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s NLD Brushes Off Removal of Suu Kyi’s London Honor

The City of London has removed its most prestigious honor from State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in protest at the 2017 Rohingya crackdown.

Terrorism Trial for Civilians in Rakhine Drags On; AA Denies Any Ties

The families of 64 civilians held on terrorism charges claim the trial is stalled and allege that some detainees were tortured following their arrest.
The Irrawaddy

Terrorism Trial for Civilians in Rakhine Drags On; AA Denies Any Ties

The families of 64 civilians held on terrorism charges claim the trial is stalled and allege that some detainees were tortured following their arrest.

Myanmar Military Says Remote Landmines Pose Major Threat in Rakhine

The Myanmar military says the Arakan Army’s use of modern technologies poses a major threat in Rakhine State. The AA claims it doesn’t use landmines in civilian areas.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Says Remote Landmines Pose Major Threat in Rakhine

The Myanmar military says the Arakan Army’s use of modern technologies poses a major threat in Rakhine State. The AA claims it doesn’t use landmines in civilian areas.

Mandalay Movie Buffs in for a Treat as European Film Festival Arrives

Myanmar’s oldest foreign film festival, the European Film Festival, will be held this month in Mandalay for the first time, launching on Sept. 13 at the Mingalar Cinema Central Point. The festival, now in its 28th year, is organized by the European Union de
The Irrawaddy

Mandalay Movie Buffs in for a Treat as European Film Festival Arrives

Myanmar’s oldest foreign film festival, the European Film Festival, will be held this month in Mandalay for the first time, launching on Sept. 13 at the Mingalar Cinema Central Point. The festival, now in its 28th year, is organized by the European Union delegation to Myanmar in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Myanmar and French Cultural […]

China Prods State Firms to Boost Investment in Crisis-Hit Hong Kong

Business leaders pledged to invest in key industries to calm unstable markets and political unrest, including real estate an tourism, though nothing has been inked yet.
The Irrawaddy

China Prods State Firms to Boost Investment in Crisis-Hit Hong Kong

Business leaders pledged to invest in key industries to calm unstable markets and political unrest, including real estate an tourism, though nothing has been inked yet.

Thailand Orders Garment Factories to Compensate Workers After Illegal Wages Exposed

Police raided garment factories that supply global corporations like Starbucks on Thursday, finding Myanmar migrant workers earning less than minimum wages.
The Irrawaddy

Thailand Orders Garment Factories to Compensate Workers After Illegal Wages Exposed

Police raided garment factories that supply global corporations like Starbucks on Thursday, finding Myanmar migrant workers earning less than minimum wages.

China’s Love of Stinky Durian ‘Next Big Threat’ to Malaysian Rainforest

Malaysia expects a 50 percent jump in exports of the fruit that some say smells like an “open sewer” by 2030, with big farms backed by big investors spurring growth.
The Irrawaddy

China’s Love of Stinky Durian ‘Next Big Threat’ to Malaysian Rainforest

Malaysia expects a 50 percent jump in exports of the fruit that some say smells like an “open sewer” by 2030, with big farms backed by big investors spurring growth.

Myanmar Military Chief Meets Kachin Religious Leader

Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Dr. Hkalam Samson discuss religious freedom, IDPs and peace process, just days after the military dropped a lawsuit against the KBC chief.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Chief Meets Kachin Religious Leader

Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Dr. Hkalam Samson discuss religious freedom, IDPs and peace process, just days after the military dropped a lawsuit against the KBC chief.

Wild Elephant Poached and Skinned in Myanmar Forest Reserve

Authorities found a wild elephant poached and skinned in an Irrawaddy Region forest reserve on Sunday. Estimates suggest fewer than 2,000 elephants are left in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Wild Elephant Poached and Skinned in Myanmar Forest Reserve

Authorities found a wild elephant poached and skinned in an Irrawaddy Region forest reserve on Sunday. Estimates suggest fewer than 2,000 elephants are left in Myanmar.

Myanmar Military Detains Militia Leader in Shan State

The military suspects Sai Tah is involved in the illicit drug trade and is currently interrogating him at its Eastern Command center in Kho Lam Township, Shan State.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Detains Militia Leader in Shan State

The military suspects Sai Tah is involved in the illicit drug trade and is currently interrogating him at its Eastern Command center in Kho Lam Township, Shan State.

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