China-backed UWSA seen as major powerbroker at Myanmar peace talks

by Hla-Hla HTAY Branded as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar’s peace process, a development seen as strengthening Beijing’s influence over its violence-wracked neighbor. When Myanmar’s new civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi convened the first round of peace talks with the country’s myriad

Displaced by violence, Myanmar’s Kaman Muslims yearn for home

Five years after being displaced in Rakhine violence, Kaman Muslim IDPs air concerns over rights and resettlement. by Phyo Thiha Cho After retiring from the army in October 2011,...

Displaced by violence, Myanmar’s Kaman Muslims yearn for home

Modern techniques aimed at boosting potato yields in Shan State

by Aung Nyein Chan On a hot day this month, farmers and workers could be seen harvesting potatoes in the wide expanse of fields outside southern Shan State’s Heho Township. Most...

Modern techniques aimed at boosting potato yields in Shan State

Orange farmers in Shan State look to modernize growing techniques

by Ei Cherry Agricultural officials and farmers in this fertile orange-growing area of southern Shan State are pushing for more investment in the citrus industry at a time when...

Orange farmers in Shan State look to modernize growing techniques

Banning Ma Ba Tha was pointless and dangerous

Three days ago, following a wave of anti-Muslim activity in Yangon, a body of Myanmar’s most senior monks ordered the dissolution of the radical Buddhist organization Ma Ba Tha....

Banning Ma Ba Tha was pointless and dangerous

Suu Kyi dismisses criticism, defends slow-moving peace process

by Hla-Hla HTAY Peace talks got underway in Myanmar on Wednesday, with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi defending her government’s stuttering attempts to end decades of...

Suu Kyi dismisses criticism, defends slow-moving peace process

Why are Buddhists (and Muslims) sick of Religious Affairs Minister Aung Ko?

Around 1,000 Buddhist nationalists gathered in Naypyidaw on Saturday to demand the resignation of Religious Affairs and Culture Minister Thura Aung Ko. They reportedly pledged to...

Why are Buddhists (and Muslims) sick of Religious Affairs Minister Aung Ko?

RTH Head Tea Mixologist Aung Zin Moe on the science behind a perfect cup of la phet yay

“I recently gave a new staff member an order that came from a real table of customers. I was watching what he did. When he pulled the tea, he only pulled it once for the first...

RTH Head Tea Mixologist Aung Zin Moe on the science behind a perfect cup of la phet yay

Rakhine communities demand govt support to halt mangrove loss

In southern Rakhine State, community projects appear to have stemmed the loss of mangrove forests, but local environmentalist say active government support is needed. By Htet...

Rakhine communities demand govt support to halt mangrove loss

In Bago Range, authorities struggle to stop rise in elephant poaching

Like elsewhere in Myanmar, wild elephants in Bago Yoma have been increasingly targeted by poachers, and law enforcement authorities are struggling to respond. By Htet Khaung Linn...

In Bago Range, authorities struggle to stop rise in elephant poaching

Coconuts Yangon Features

Features are among our favorite things to publish here at Coconuts Yangon, mainly because they allow us to delve deep into a really cool/exciting/interesting aspect of life in Yangon or Myanmar in general. Although our daily news updates are sharp and generally designed to be read while on the go, our features are where readers come when they’re sitting back with a nice cup of tea and want to read some in-depth pieces that aren’t always necessarily timely, but are all equally engaging and thought-provoking. If you have a really large chunk of free time on your hands, take a look through our dedicated ‘Long Reads’ section where the articles may be long (who would’ve thunk), but they’re also so fascinating that you’ll be too engrossed by the research to pay attention to the length. In the past, we’ve interviewed people who are working to preserve the city’s rich heritage, investigated what’s prompting Myanmar youth to ditch their chosen English names for their given Myanmar ones, and published unique op-eds on a range of topics by individuals from various fields — and there are still loads more pieces that we’re currently working on and even more that we’re planning on working on. Regardless of whether it falls under the topic of art, history, science, sports, or literally anything else, if it pertains to Myanmar and is something we ourselves would like to read, then we’re writing it. Conversely, if there’s a piece that you’d like to read that no local media, including ourselves, has written, feel free to send us a pitch. In the meantime, make a cup of yay nway gyan, settle down, and happy reading!