Regional leaders this week travelled to Indonesia for the annual ASEAN Summit. On Burmese President Thein Sein’s mind is the vacant 2014 chair of the bloc, which it appears to[…]

Revelling Rangoon

Burmese took to the streets of Rangoon last week to celebrate Thingyan, the annual water festival that grants a rare license for the country to let its hair down and[…]

Power plays

Resplendent in golden robes and projecting an image of royalty, Burma’s new leaders officially took their seats last week. President Thein Sein was joined by his two deputies, Tin Aung[…]

Earthquake (in pictures)

Police in Burma’s eastern Shan state say that up to 75 people may have been killed in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck close to Tarlay, around 100 kilometres north of[…]

Beasts of burden

The forcible conscription of civilians as army porters is rife in Burma’s volatile ethnic regions, and appears to have been stepped up as Burmese troops battle a coaltion of Karen[…]

Street Fighting Women

Hundreds of Burmese women took to the streets of Chiang Mai yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, mirroring demonstrators around the world. Leading democracy icon Aung[…]

Down & Out in Rangoon

Decades of mismanagement by the Burmese government has crippled the country’s economy, fuelling widespread poverty and a low life-expectancy level. With no social security system to alleviate the suffering, many[…]

Union Day

Burma celebrated its 64th Union Day on 12 February, commemorating the founding of the Union of Burma in 1947. The day was marked bya simple flag hoisting ceremony in the[…]

Images from The Lady

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/Images from The Lady/] Filming has finished for the first ever biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi, entitled The Lady and directed by Luc Besson. Taking the leading role[…]

False dawn?

Parliament yesterday opened its doors for the first time in more than two decades. The gleaming new building in Naypyidaw hosted 1000-plus MPs and military representatives to formally adopt the[…]

Ashura Festival

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/Ashura Festival/] Reuters photographer Soe Zeya Tun captured events at the Ashura festival in Rangoon on 16 and 17 December 2010. Shi’ite Muslim mourners beat themselves with steel-tipped flails[…]

North Korea revisited

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/North Korea revisited/] With fresh fears about North Korea’s role in a nascent nuclear weapons programme in Burma recently surfacing, DVB revisits a secretive trip taken by senior junta[…]

Generation Wave

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/Generation Wave/] Award-winning photographer James Mackay travelled to the Thai-Burma border to document the underground activist and hip hop group, Generation Wave, as they made the video for their[…]

The Lady walks

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/The Lady walks/] Freed from seven years under house arrest on 13 November, Aung San Suu Kyi the following day travelled to the headquarters of her National League for[…]


[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/Exodus/] Up to 17,000 refugees are now thought to have fled violence in several areas along the Thai-Burma border, as a rebel faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army[…]

On this day

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Key players

Key players

The Message

[album: https://www.dvb.no/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/The Message/] Burma is partly closed. Media is strongly censored; there is no free press. People have no freedom to express their opinions. Burma is surrounded by a wall.[…]