Gov’t pledges to remove racist poem from third-grade civics classes

You remember that terrible, horrible, no good, very racist poem in a third-grade textbook? The one we wrote about back in December that unabashedly stated they “hate mixed blood”? The Ministry of Education is removing the poem from their curriculum after meeting with civil society members on Tuesday, RFA Burmese is reporting.   It marks ...

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Nine countries at UN seek to override China to raise Myanmar

Nine countries at UN seek to override China to raise Myanmar

The United States, France, Britain and six other countries on the UN Security Council have called for a meeting on Myanmar that is expected to face opposition from China,...

Local Myanmar singer-songwriter really really loves Superman (VIDEO)

Local Myanmar singer-songwriter really really loves Superman (VIDEO)

There are plenty of songs written about Superman but few that capture the adoration that local singer-songwriter Thang Paa shows for the caped hero in this, um … touching...

Two men drown after excavator plunges into river in Rakhine

Two men drown after excavator plunges into river in Rakhine

Two men drowned in Northern Rakhine state on Monday when the excavator one of them was operating toppled into a river, Burmese-language outlet Eleven Media is reporting. The...

Reuters journalists, behind bars, earn prestigious journalism prize for massacre exposé

Reuters journalists, behind bars, earn prestigious journalism prize for massacre exposé

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Burmese journalists sentenced to seven years hard labor for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, have been awarded the prestigious George Polk...

1 dead, 13 injured as fire rips through Yangon plywood factory

1 dead, 13 injured as fire rips through Yangon plywood factory

One of the 13 victims of a fire that raged through a Yangon plywood factory last night has died in Insein hospital, police have told Coconuts Yangon.   “He died earlier this...

Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Downtown Yangon traffic is about to get a whole lot worse this week thanks to planned road closures and diversions that will accommodate a Hong Kong action film shoot, police have...

Two men sentenced to death by Yangon court over U Ko Ni murder

Two men sentenced to death by Yangon court over U Ko Ni murder

A Yangon court this morning sentenced two men to death for the January 2017 assassination of NLD legal adviser and constitutional law expert U Ko Ni, while two accomplices were...

Irish city of Galway latest to rescind award from Aung San Suu Kyi over inaction on Rohingya

Irish city of Galway latest to rescind award from Aung San Suu Kyi over inaction on Rohingya

The small city of Galway, Ireland, has become the latest member of the “Ex Aung San Suu Kyi Fan Club”, joining numerous other institutions that have stripped honors away from...

Rubber bullets fly on Union Day as thousands protest Aung San statue

Rubber bullets fly on Union Day as thousands protest Aung San statue

Police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of several thousand demonstrators in eastern Myanmar on Tuesday, activists said, as protests mount over a new and controversial statue....


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