The Irrawaddy - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Former Burma Supremo Seen in Rare Photo With Granddaughter

Burma’s former supremo Than Shwe has not been seen in public since 2011, but on Thursday a new image of him appeared on Facebook.

By   China Says Probing if More Burmese Bombs Strayed Over Border

China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it is investigating whether more stray bombs had fallen in Chinese territory during fighting between Burma’s government and

By   Govt Plan on Office Space for Political Parties Moves Forward

Burma’s government offers to lease and sell rooms for Rangoon party offices to more than one-third of the country’s 71 registered political parties.

By   Army Helped Firm Grab Land From Shan State Minorities, Investigation Finds

The Burma Army and Shan State authorities colluded with rubber companies in seizing swathes of land from ethnic minority villagers, a Global Witness investigation finds.

By   Trade Deficit, Salary Rises Set to Push Up Consumer Prices: Economists

The government’s dramatic salary increase and a fivefold increase in the trade deficit will push inflation rates above GDP growth, according to forecasts.

By   Burma Launches Export Strategy to Connect Smaller Firms to Global Economy

Burma launces an export strategy aimed at strengthening smaller companies, which is a departure from military rule when a few large firms dominated the economy.

By   Chevron Inks Oil, Gas Production Sharing Contract in Burma

Chevron Corp signs a production sharing contract with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to explore oil and gas in the Rakhine Basin.

By   Govt to Support Domestic Airlines as Asean ‘Open Skies’ Takes Effect

Burma’s government will protect its airline industry and keep most domestic airports off limits for regional airlines as it implements Asean’s Open Skies policy.

By   Indian Doctors Find Success in Tackling the ‘Invisible Burden’ of Tuberculosis

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients in Delhi are aided by a unique program providing psychosocial support to sufferers of one of the world’s most deadly diseases.

By   Sri Lankan President Seeks to Mend Ties With China After Port Suspension

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena seeks to end a stalemate over China's biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended.

By   Thai PM Warns Media, Says Has Power to Execute Reporters

Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth.”

By   As Lee Era Ends, Singapore Braces for Change as Young Worry About Future

If Lee Kuan Yew represented the Singapore of yesteryear, his death raises questions about whether a generation of leaders in waiting will reshape the mold.

By   ‘In the Way They Were Trained to Think Everything Is About Security’

Myanmar Lawyers Network’s Kyi Myint and 88 Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi discuss the student protest crackdown, Aung San Suu Kyi’s role and upcoming elections.

By   Peace-Building: A Chin Perspective

The chairman of the Chin Progressive Party talks about obstacles to signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement and the way forward in Myanmar’s peace process.

By   Property Market ‘Still Strong’

Sai Khun Naung, managing director of Sai Khun Naung Real Estate Company, discusses the outlook for Rangoon’s booming property market.

By   ‘The Vessel was Overloaded’

The Irrawaddy speaks to survivors of the ferry disaster off the coast of Arakan State, which claimed more than 50 lives on Friday.

By   On a Mission: Destruction of Opium

In the remote mountains of northern Shan State, a small ethnic armed group is taking on the drug trade.

By   Saving Yangon: Heritage on the Line

The clock is ticking on efforts to ensure a beautiful, livable city.

By   Secret Historians Preserve Past in China Amid State Amnesia

For China’s secret historians, who risk personal security to unravel a past concealed by the state, truth-telling is nothing less than an act of defiance.

By   Knowledge Vacuum and Conflict Plague Salween River

Caught up in a web of international energy demand and supply, the fate of Burma’s free-flowing Salween River is still unclear.

By   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


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.