The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Demonstration to Call for Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing

Activists plan a demonstration to call for an investigation and justice in the case of the reported killing of a journalist by the Burma Army.

By   Father of Koh Tao Accused Describes Threats Against His Son

The father of one of two Burmese migrants accused of murder on Thailand’s Koh Tao says Thai police threatened to kill his son under interrogation.

By   AirAsia to Fly Direct to Naypyidaw From Kuala Lumpur

Low-cost carrier AirAsia will soon fly direct flights between Naypyidaw and Kuala Lumpur as the Burmese capital prepares to host a major regional summit.

By   Burmese Women Honored for Activism

Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok.

By   E-Visa Service to be Offered for 6 Additional Entry Points

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population plans to begin issuing electronic visas for tourists entering the country through six additional locations.

By   Record Haul in Jade Sales to Burmese Traders

Jade sales at a major gems emporium for local traders in Burma hit a record high, with 126 billion kyats worth of the gemstone sold.

By   Japan to Carry out Studies on How to Revive Dawei SEZ

Japan is to carry out several studies on how the stalled Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Burma can be revived, government sources say.

By   Burma FDI Hits Full-Year Target in First 6 Months of 2014-15

Foreign direct investment into Burma exceeds the government’s original target just six months into the fiscal year, topping $4 billion through September.

By   Protesters in Hong Kong to Vote on Government Proposals

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong will hold a poll on government proposals they had rejected as the campaign in the Chinese-controlled city enters week five.

By   Three Major Nations Absent as China Launches Asian Bank Rival

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skip the launch of a China-backed infrastructure bank as Washington voices concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

By   Foreign Policy Question Mark Over Indonesia Leader

The rise of Indonesia’s new president has captured imaginations at home and won praise internationally, but Joko Widodo still must prove his foreign policy prowess.

By   Traffickers Use Abductions, Prison Ships to Feed Asian Slave Trade

Testimonies from Bangladeshi and Rohingya survivors indicate a shift in tactics by human traffickers: Before people left voluntarily, now they are being abducted or tricked.

By   ‘Those Raised in A Locked-Up Society Are Different’

Director The Maw Naing talks about “The Monk,” a film about a novice in Burma who weighs the choice between monastic and lay life.

By   ‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’

Myo Thant Aung, chairman of Myanmar Positive Group, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s capacity to treat HIV and challenges for health workers and patients.

By   ‘History Will Decide’

Former military intelligence officer Thein Swe talks about his views on politics after 10 years of his imprisonment ended by presidential pardon earlier this week.

By   Tourism’s New Trails

The chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing talks about the industry’s underlying promise, and the growing pains that have accompanied it as the country opens up.

By   In Burma’s Parliament, What’s on Your Head Matters

Hats hold meaning in Burma’s Parliament, embodying political allegiances, accomplishments and failures of a nation transitioning from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy.

By   Flickers of Hope, Shadow of Uncertainty for Muslims in Arakan Citizenship Pilot

Rohingya Muslims in Myebon are both hopeful and uncertain as some ostensibly receive citizenship rights for the first time under the government’s national verification program.

By   In Rohingya Camp, a Subdued Celebration of Muslim Holiday

Rohingya camp residents in Arakan State’s Myebon hold a quiet celebration of Eid al-Adha, the first time they are allowed to do so since 2012.

By   Building Bamboo Bikes in Burma

An American couple plan a new project that aims to harness local skills and knowledge to build bamboo bike frames in Myitkyina, Kachin State.


Burma’s Under-19 national team beats the United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup, qualifying for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever.

By   Germany’s World Cup Party Gets Underway at Home

Mario Goetze’s goal late in extra time gave the Germans victory over Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

By   Dutch Crash Out of World Cup, Argentina Face Germany in Final

Argentina reached the World Cup final, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless semi-final. On Sunday, they play Germany in the finals.

By   Brazil’s Defense Goes Missing in Embarrassing Defeat

Germany thrashes the host nation, Brazil, 7-1 to go through to the World Cup final, where it will play either Argentina or the Netherlands.