The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Activists Call for Constitutional Change to Empower Women

Burmese women’s rights advocates add their voices to the contentious debate on amending Burma’s Constitution, urging charter changes to promote gender equality.

By   Villagers Urge Reopening of Rangoon Access Road for Students

Students from the western bank of the Rangoon River have been blocked from attending school after the closure of an access gate in Ahlone Township.

By   Burma’s Catholics Celebrate 500th Jubilee With Events in Rangoon

Tens of thousands of people from across the country are celebrating the 500-year history of the Roman Catholic Church in Burma.

By   Cadet Casualties Were Trainees From Allied Armies, KIA Says

Twenty-three cadets killed by Burmese artillery fire on Wednesday were not members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) but trainees from four other non-state armies.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Nov. 22, 2014)

Plans to “revitalize” with an economic corridor; Bagan’s heritage bid will take time; Boeing inks deal with Air Mandalay; and China trade at Muse rises.

By   Rice Prices Reverse Recent Slump After Heavy Rains

Fears of a reduced yield and preparations for massive export deals have seen a resurgent rice market after last month’s lows.

By   Burma to Boost SME Access to Capital Through $50Mln Loan From Singapore, Vietnam

The Ministry of Industry will borrow US$50 million from Singaporean and Vietnamese banks so that it can increase government loans to small and medium enterprises.

By   Kyat Continues Slide Against Greenback

A resurgent US dollar and Burma’s vast trade deficit are contributing to the ongoing decline in the value of the local currency.

By   Sri Lanka President Seeks Third Term, Critics Want Powers Curbed

Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will seek an unprecedented third term as president, prompting calls from critics to curb the presidency's “draconian powers.”

By   Thai Leader Pats Reporter on Head, Tugs His Ear

Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, tries a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears.

By   Prominent China Rights Lawyer Could Face Harsher Charges: Attorney

Chinese prosecutors have accused Pu Zhiqiang of inciting ‘ethnic hatred and discrimination’ after he questioned the government’s account of a violent attack in Kunming

By   Thai Fishermen Convert Boats to Cash in on Rohingya Smuggling

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans.

By   ‘I Consider Nothing to Have Changed’

Dr Thein Lwin, spokesman for National Network for Education Reform, says that the government’s command over the education system will stifle improvements to the sector.

By   ‘There is No Support From the Government’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Aung Myint, secretary of Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, about his people-centered approach to development and institutional challenges to sustainable change.

By   Exclusive: The Irrawaddy Interviews US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama answers The Irrawaddy’s questions about his visit, the reform process and the future of Burma’s democratic transition.

By   ‘Constitutional Amendment Is an Internal Affair of Our Country’

Ahead of Asean and East Asia summits in Burma, Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the meetings and talks between President Thein Sein and President Obama.

By   The Life of Burmese Male Sex Workers in Chiang Mai

Dozens of young men from poor villages in Shan State work as sex workers in gay show bars in northern Thailand’s largest city.

By   In Remote Karenni State, a Place of Diversity and Learning

A monastery in Karenni State offers children from a cornucopia of minorities in the region a chance at education that they might otherwise not get.

By   One Thing on Agenda at Karen Conference: Unity

Hundreds gather at the headquarters of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army to debate the future of the ethnic Karen people’s rebel armed forces.

By   Burma’s Story, Told by One Crumbling Building

One apartment building, two stairwells, 12 apartments and their 60 or so residents offer a portrait of Rangoon as Burma stands at a historical precipice.


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.