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By   Concerns Grow After Govt Confirms Massive Dam Project in Southern Shan State 

A Shan lawmaker says local communities have grown worried after a government minister backs plan for a 7,000-megawatt hydropower dam in in southern Shan State. 

By   Karen Rebel Soldier Shot Dead in Myawaddy

The killing of a rebel Karen soldier in Myawaddy prompts an increased security presence in the Burmese border town as tensions rise.

By   Minister Vows to Turn Govt Mouthpieces Into ‘Public Service Newspapers’

Information Minister Ye Htut says junta-era newspapers will not be privatized, making Burma one of the few countries where the government continues to fund newspapers.

By   Faces of Folklore

An exhibition in Rangoon showcases portraits of popular lords and ladies of a Burmese folk religion that centers around spirits known as nats.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (September 20, 2014)

U.S. investment in Burma remains modest, but Thai Gas Explorer PTTEP will invest $3.3 billion, while Burma’s ‘shrunken’ population will deter international consumer business investment.

By   Kyaukphyu SEZ ‘Key’ to China Business Corridor, But Doubts Remain

Kyaukphyu port on Burma’s western coast could play a key role in a Beijing-led economic corridor plan linking neighbors India, Bangladesh and China.

By   Burma Sees Foreign Investment Topping $5b in 2014-15

Burma revises its fiscal year FDI forecast to more than $5 billion, surpassing earlier expectations and led by new ventures in energy and telecoms.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (September 13, 2014)

Five airports get the green light for privatization, Kyaukphyu SEZ development to go out to tender, and the legacy of sanctions hinders US investment.

By   Alice, Steampunk and a False Name: Enigma of an American Jailed in North Korea

Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, exhibited strange behavior while in South Korea and pretended to be an Englishman.

By   India’s Mars Mission Enters Last Lap, Faces Crucial Test

India's first mission to Mars will be a crucial test of its low-cost efforts to join the global space race.

By   China Not Warlike, Says Xi, as Border Standoff Dominates India Trip

China is not a warlike nation, President Xi Jinping says, on a trip to India dominated by a standoff between soldiers from the two nations.

By   Chinese Hacked US Military Contractors, Senate Panel Finds

Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors supporting the US military.

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   ‘Can’t They Spare Time for the People?’

Lawmaker Nyo Nyo Thin explains the challenges that make it difficult for her and others in the divisional parliament to respond to the public’s needs.

By   ‘We Will Create an All-Inclusive Education System’

A top official in charge of basic education discusses the reforms planned in Burma’s education system as part of the National Education Bill.

By   ‘Burma’s Population Is Only 51 Million—We Lose in Geopolitics’

Chin activist Salai Isaac Khen talks to The Irrawaddy about the development implications of the smaller-than-expected population estimate from Burma’s nationwide census.

By   ‘It Was a Tragic Scene to See the Dead Bodies of Our Brothers and Sisters’

Twenty six years ago, the Burma Army seized power after a crackdown on a democratic uprising. Two doctors recall how they treated numerous wounded protestors.

By   Art for Peace

The works of more than 100 artists including prominent activist Min Ko Naing go on sale at a peace-themed exhibit in Burma’s biggest city.

By   From Plastic, Ex-Political Prisoner Makes Art

A Burmese artist on display in London this month learned to make collages in prison with plastic bags, instant coffee packets and other recycled goods.

By   Prison Fight

Prisoners in Thailand can win respect, better conditions and time off their sentences if they defeat foreign opponents in jail-yard boxing matches.

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.