The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Burma General Elections Scheduled in Late 2015: Election Official

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in late October or early November, the Union Election Commission announces.

By   Color and Culture at Rangoon Art Show

Forty-one works of art in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paints are on public display this week at the Lokanat Galleries in Rangoon.

By   Burma Army Agrees to Withdraw From Disputed Shan Territories

Government troops agree to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels.

By   Landmine Blast Injures 3 at Kachin School

A landmine explodes outside a school in Kachin State, injuring three people including two young students.

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   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Oct. 18, 2014)

Thai firm with Burma dam criticized; Mae Sot-Myawaddy trade soars; visa-free Asean urged; UK’s ‘ethical business’ pledge panned; and a jade market taps high demand.

By   After Months, Hundreds of Garment Workers Receive Overdue Pay

Some 750 workers receive their salaries and severance pay after the Labor Ministry auctioned off property of the defunct South Korean Master Sports factory.

By   Sri Lanka Announces Early Presidential Poll in January

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule, with Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to seek a third six-year term.

By   Kerry Urges Stepped-Up Asian Effort Against Islamic State

US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Asia-Pacific leaders to do more to stem flows of foreign fighters to Islamic State in the Middle East.

By   Despite Costly US Effort, Afghan Poppy Cultivation Hits New High

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion.

By   British Police to Join Thai Investigation Into Koh Tao Murders

Thailand agrees to allow British police to join an investigation into the murder of two British backpackers, after local authorities came under criticism.

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.