British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is now in Burma on an official trip, visited Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda on Saturday evening. (Photos: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)
“We thought there would be protests but we didn’t expect violence,” said Shiring, a college student from Hartford, Connecticut. “We were hoping for a completely peaceful transfer of power.”
Read more: [ Link ]

Violence Flares in Washington During Trump Inauguration
“The launch of new destinations is part of Himalaya Airlines’ commitment to connect Nepal directly with Asia Pacific countries,” said Vijay Shrestha of Himalaya Airlines.
Read more: [ Link ]

Business Roundup (January 21)
“[Student volunteers] offered help because they support change. They said that they offered help because they want to see the abolishment of the old Ma Hta Tha system and the establishment of a new system,” said Tun Tun.
Read more: [ Link ]

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The Success of the System Will Depend Largely on Management’
Yanghee Lee singled out the “three legs of the government”—referring to the military controlled ministries of home affairs, border affairs, foreign affairs—for creating an uphill battle on human rights and noted that Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing had refused to meet her.
Read more: [ Link ]

UN Rapporteur to Burma Denounces Human Rights Failures
Photo Of The Week

Crowds of commuters are seen near downtown Rangoon's Sule Pagoda on the evening of Jan.16, during the launch of the city's new public transit system, the Yangon Bus Service. Travelers reported insufficient numbers of buses and routes traversing the city. (Photo: Tin Htet Paing / The Irrawaddy)
On this week’s Dateline, Ye Ni, May Sitt Paing, and Tun Tun discuss the Yangon Bus Service and its impact on Rangoon’s notorious traffic woes.
Some 135 representatives from 79 CSOs meet in Rangoon to discuss IDP support, and a more effective peace process.
Read more: [ Link ]

Civil Society Forum Calls For Greater Participation in Decision Making
“The 2008 Constitution does not vest us with the power to handle such a matter. Our tribunal does not have the authority to further rule on something that has already been approved by the Union Parliament,” said tribunal member U Khin Maung Cho.
Read more: [ Link ]

Constitutional Tribunal Members Remain Despite USDP Objections
For residents of Rangoon, this week was full of excitement, dissatisfaction, and frustration as the city embraced a new bus network.
Read more: [ Link ]

Rangoon Bus Rollout Gets Mixed Reviews
“[Special Envoy Sun Guoxiang] told us to reduce fighting near the Chinese border or to stop fighting if it is possible. And especially, not to have fighting during the Chinese New Year,” said the TNLA’s Col Tar Phone Kyaw, who attended the meeting.
Read more: [ Link ]

China Asks for a Halt to Fighting in Burma During Chinese New Year
“We will sign a contract with Japanese and Australian engineers and technicians in February,” Col. Saw Chit Thu told state newspaper The Mirror.
Read more: [ Link ]

Karen Armed Groups, Border Guard Force Invest in Hpa-an Cable Car
“I don’t want them in prison again, that would be nonsense,” said Soe Nyunt Lwin, the state-level planning and finance minister, who plans to press for more negotiations.
Read more: [ Link ]

Freed Burmese Farmers Renew Fight Against Army over Land
“We’re testing some of the new multi-function ATMs in Yangon right now, but we still have fewer than 10 of them,” said U Zeyar Kyaw, the bank’s general manager. “We plan to expand the number of these machines within the year.”
Read more: [ Link ]

CB Bank to Double the Size of its ATM Network in 2017
“I hope that Israel will learn the lessons from its past defense exports during the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, and realize that it will be accountable for complicity in the crimes committed,” said human rights attorney Eitay Mack.
Read more: [ Link ]

Israeli Activists Push Supreme Court to Stop Military Export to Burma
“CID examined my phone and I was released after they confirmed that I was clear of suspicion,” wrote Myo Ko Ko San on her Facebook.
Read more: [ Link ]

Model Cleared of Defamation Charge
A Lashio-based KBC official Zau Ra told The Irrawaddy on Friday that the pastors’ friends and family were surprised to find the news by a military statement. “We were all worried that they had been killed,” he told the Irrawaddy.
Read more: [ Link ]

Missing Kachin Pastors Confirmed Detained by Burma Army
Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) installed a commemorative blue plaque on downtown Rangoon’s 91-year-old Bogyoke Market (previously Scott Market) on Friday to mark it as an important piece of the city's cultural heritage. YHT's blue plaque project in collaboration with Dutch electronics brand Philips aims to promote the importance of conservation in Rangoon. (Photos: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)
A local policeman was shot and killed yesterday at a road checkpoint in Shan State's Tachileik Township,according to local sources close to the police. The officer reportedly died on the way to hospital after a motorcyclist refused to stop at the checkpoint and then opened fire with a pistol.
(Photo: Nang Seng Nom)
Initial interest in mining Mwe Taung and Phar Taung came from Chinese investors. “The first time the Chinese came was in 2002 and 2003. The local people didn’t know anything about it. The Chinese gave no explanation,” Pa Thang Khen Hap, a Dimzang village elder, told us.
Read more: [ Link ]

Nickel and Dimed on Frog Mountain