The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Interim Report Constitutional Reform Committee Lacks Details

An interim report by a parliamentary committee discussing amendments to Burma’s controversial Constitution has failed to shed light on what changes the committee might propose.

By   Rangoon, Mandalay Universities Get Information Age Boost

Rangoon and Mandalay universities are increasingly wired to the outside academic world thanks to a program that is bringing wide-ranging access to scholarly literature.

By   Thai and Burmese Officials to Begin Talks on Repatriation

The talks will start on Aug. 1, although the UN refugee agency says conditions in Burma are not yet right for organized repatriation.

By   Ethnic MPs Skip Lower House Vote on PR Voting System

Ethnic party MPs skipped a Lower House session to protest against discussions on a proposal to introduce a proportional representation electoral system in Burma.

By   Information on Responsible Business Practices Largely Absent: Survey

Most Burmese companies provide little to no information on whether they have policies on responsible business practices, a survey among 60 major firms found.

By   Burma’s Leading Private Banks to Raise Saving Rates

Bankers say competition in the market is increasing, but they will only raise interest for savers by 0.25 percent from August 1.

By   Ne Win Scions Plan Takeover of Tay Za’s Bank

One of the grandsons of Burma’s late dictator says the family’s company is buying the majority of AGD Bank.

By   Plan for Burma-China Train Link Derailed

A railway official in Naypyidaw says there were cost and environmental concerns about the Chinese plan to link the Arakan coast to Yunnan Province’s Kunming.

By   US Hails Indonesia Democracy in Turbulent Southeast Asia

President Obama swiftly called Indonesia’s election winner Joko Widodo, demonstrating Washington’s intent to deepen ties with the Muslim-majority country of 240 million people.

By   Dutch Mourn as First MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands

Bells pealed and flags flew at half-mast in memory of the 298 people killed, in the first national day of mourning since 1962.

By   Relatives Fly to Taiwan Plane Crash Site, 48 Dead

The plane unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people, including two French citizens, near a small Taiwanese island. 

By   Conditions in Burma Not Right for Refugee Repatriation: UN

Conditions in Burma are not yet right for refugees in Thailand to return, the UNHCR says, amid concerns that the Thai junta wants repatriation soon.

By   ‘The Shift From Offline to Online’

A cofounder of property portal Lamudi explains how the Internet penetration rate affects his business in Burma, and his plans for expansion in the future.

By   ‘Pressure on the Press’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, journalists discuss a backsliding of press freedoms in Burma, including the imprisonment of journalists for 10 years with hard labor.

By   ‘There Must be a Mastermind Behind the Conflict’

A leading member of the Arakan National Party speaks his mind on his state’s new chief minister and the government’s approach to communal violence.

By   Helping Burma’s Women Entrepreneurs to Take Risks

A scheme known as Project-W is giving 11 women in Rangoon training and support to make their business dreams become reality.

By   Can Meditation Really Slow Aging?

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in the United States, thinks so.

By   Portraits of Burma’s Independence Hero

An art exhibition to honor Gen. Aung San opens on Saturday, the 67th anniversary of the independence hero’s assassination by a political rival in Rangoon.

By   Burmese Workers Still Manning Thai Dream Island

On the upmarket resort island of Ko Tao, about 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry hail from southern Burma.

By   In West Burma, Ancient City Needs Care: Activists

In Mrauk U, a campaign is under way to preserve religious edifices that date back to Arakanese kingdoms but have been neglected for years.

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.

By   Portugal Grab World Cup Lifeline, Belgium Reach Last 16

Portugal scores a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to secure a 2-2 draw against the United States as Belgium books a place in the last 16.