The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Thousands in Mandalay Rally for Faith Laws

Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and laypeople march through Mandalay to demand passage of highly controversial and currently stagnant interfaith bills.

By   Suu Kyi to Hold Constitutional Reform Rally in Karenni State

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Karenni State next week to hold a rally calling for reforms to the Constitution.

By   Bogyoke Biopic Suffers Funding Shortfall

A groundbreaking film about the life of Burma’s national hero, Gen. Aung San, is delayed due to a funding shortfall.

By   Activists: Burma Govt Clinging to Political Prisoners 

After freeing more than a thousand political prisoners since 2011, Burma’s government claims there are no more prisoners, but activists say dozens are being detained.

By   Concerns Grow Over Severe Slump in Rice Prices

Ahead of the main harvest season, rice prices and export demand have sharply dropped after China tightened border controls on Burmese rice imports.

By   Hanthawaddy Airport Contract Goes to Singaporean-Japanese Consortium

A Singaporean-Japanese consortium wins the contract to build the US$1.5 billion Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, the director-general of Burma’s Civil Aviation Department says.

By   Burma’s Kyat at Weakest Since Float on Strong Dollar, Trade Deficit

A strengthening US dollar on global currency markets, coupled with Burma’s growing trade imbalance, pushes the kyat exchange rate above 1,000 kyats per US dollar.

By   Thai Power Firm’s Business Tactics ‘Use Burma’s Weak Laws’

Restricted at home, a Thai state-owned electricity firm wants to use Burma as a proxy supplier of electricity via environmentally damaging dams, an NGO says.

By   Thai PM says New DNA Tests Can Be Done in British Probe Into Koh Tao Murders

Thai prime minister says new DNA tests can be done as concern grows that two Burmese men arrested over the killings might have been framed.

By   From Duck Eggs to Fiscal Deficit, the Journey by Indonesia’s Economics Minister

Indonesia's new economics minister once sold duck eggs on the street to pay school fees; now he’s managing Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

By   Thai Youth Fear Junta’s School Reforms Will Dim Job Prospects

The junta prioritizes school reforms to inculcate a strong sense of national identity, with some questioning the emphasis in a competitive, global 21st century economy.

By   No Hope for Survivors in Sri Lanka Landslide, Over 100 Dead

Hopes of finding survivors under mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka fade as the estimated death toll hovers around 100.

By   ‘We Must Push for an Investigation, but I Can’t Do It Alone’

Thandar, widow to the slain journalist Par Gyi, talks about her effort to press police to investigate the circumstances of his death in military custody.

By   ‘We Will Show How Much Women Are Capable of Through This Party’

Layaung Mon is the chairperson of the Women’s Party, the first of its kind in Burma. She talks about the new party and its goals.

By   ‘At Least We Have Breathing Space, Which We Never Had Before’

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung Din, who once headed the US Campaign for Burma, discusses his advocacy work in exile and Burma’s democratic transition.

By   ‘Our Standpoint Is Cooperation’

KNU General Secretary Kwel Htoo Win speaks to The Irrawaddy about Karen unity, the peace process and ongoing clashes on the ground.

By   Burma’s Story, Told by One Crumbling Building

One apartment building, two stairwells, 12 apartments and their 60 or so residents offer a portrait of Rangoon as Burma stands at a historical precipice.

By   On the Road to Bagan

The motorway from Rangoon to Bagan is breathtaking and the attractions rewarding, but improving infrastructure will help travelers love Burma even more.

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.


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.