The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Heavy Fighting in Shan State Kills 17 Govt Soldiers, Rebels Claim

Heavy clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung, Kachin and Kokang ethnic rebels in northern Shan State’s Kutkhai Township kill 17 government soldiers, rebels claim.

By   President Criticized After Saying Ceasefire Necessary for Successful Elections

Critics question why President Thein Sein says that an elusive nationwide ceasefire is necessary for the success of the 2015 general elections in Burma.

By   Chin State Govt Shutters Local Newspaper

The Chin State government orders a local unregistered newspaper to shut down, with its chief editor criticizing the decision as politically motivated.

By   Court Reduces Unity Journalists’ Prison Sentence to 7 Years

Magwe Divisional Court cuts the sentence of five journalists from the Unity Journal from 10 to 7 years’ imprisonment, following an appeal by the defendants.

By   Thai Junta Says It Will Help Kick-Start Stalled Dawei SEZ Talks

Thailand will revive talks with Japan and Burma aimed at kick-starting the floundering multi-billion dollar Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tenasserim Division.

By   20 Foreign Firms Agree to Build Factories at Thilawa SEZ

Twenty foreign companies and one local company sign agreements to build factories in the Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Rangoon.

By   Burma’s Central Bank Awards 9 Foreign Lenders Operating Licenses

The Central Bank of Myanmar grants nine foreign banks permission to operate in Burma, with Japanese lenders winning a full third of the license bids.

By   12 Companies Bid to Develop Infrastructure in Kyaukphyu SEZ

Three companies will be awarded tenders to implement port, industrial and residential projects in the special economic zone of western Burma.

By   Burmese Worker Admits to British Murders in Thailand: Police

A Burmese man has confessed to the murder of two British tourists on a Thai island, Thai police say.

By   China Tells Foreign Countries Not to Meddle in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. All countries should respect China's sovereignty,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.

By   Hong Kong Leader Plays Waiting Game, Protesters Demand He Resigns

Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations in the city go on for weeks, while defiant protesters vow they will not budge.

By   India Set to Run Out of Critical Free Drug for HIV/AIDS Program

India could soon run out of a critical HIV/AIDS drug due to bureaucratic bungling, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving medicine.

By   ‘I Don’t Want Women’s Participation Just for Show’

Mar Mar Cho of the Women’s Organization Network of Myanmar talks about the role of women in modern Burma, where she says discrimination persists.

By   ‘I Don’t Think the NLD Will Win a Landslide Victory in 2015’

Hla Swe, a prominent member of ruling USDP party, shares his views on Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi and the 2015 elections.

By   ‘They Know Nothing About Ethnic Education’

The Karen Education Department’s secretary explains what it was like to run schools in a war zone and how things have changed since a ceasefire.

By   Business With Bounce

The founder of one of the country’s leading manufacturers of mattresses talks about what it takes to succeed in Myanmar as an entrepreneur.

By   The Rising Power of Burma’s Women’s Workforce

As Burma lifts long-standing restrictions on labor unions, its largely female industrial workforce is organizing itself to fight for better working conditions and pay.

By   Burma’s Last Armenians to Pray With Supreme Patriarch

Armenians who worship at the oldest church in Rangoon hope an important religious visitor will help bring them together with the greater Armenian community.

By   Killer Elephants Creating Ghost Villages in Burma

A combination of land-grabs and deforestation is increasingly bringing elephants and people into conflict at the base of the Pegu mountain range.

By   Kachin Dam Critic Remains Defiant Despite Being Punished for Speaking Out

Ja Hkawn, a vocal critic of the suspended Myitsone dam project in Kachin State, says she will not rest until the project is permanently shelved

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.