The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   NZ National May Face 4 Years for Insulting Religion: Lawyer

Philip Blackwood and two Burmese nationals, arrested last week after distributing materials considered an insult to religion, was were arraigned at a Rangoon court on

By   Thai NGOs Call for Improved Social Benefits for Migrant Workers

Thai NGOs supporting migrants call on Thailand to reform its social security system so that registered migrant workers can better access social benefits.

By   Koh Tao Suspects Innocent: Govt Investigation Team

A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao double murder case says it is confident that the accused men are innocent.

By   Govt Message ‘Contradictory’ on Return of Exiles: Activists

Activists accuse the government of sending “contradictory” messages for exiles wishing to return to Burma by ostensibly encouraging repatriation while simultaneously hindering that process.

By   Rangoon Govt to Seize 80% of Idle Industrial Zones

Rangoon’s Industrial Zones Management Committee receives business proposals for only about 20 percent of idle land holdings in divisional industrial zones by a government-imposed deadline.

By   Govt to Tighten Car Import License Requirements

The government will require car importers to apply for licenses prior to shipping in an effort to reduce the storage of vehicles at Thilawa Port.

By   ‘The Bubble Will Definitely Burst’

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses a recent ADB loan, the resumption of services at Yoma Bank and Burma’s overheated property market.

By   ADB to Loan Burmese Conglomerate Yoma $100Mn for Connectivity Projects

The Asian Development Bank will provide a loan of up to US$100 million to local conglomerate Yoma Strategic Holdings to improve infrastructure connectivity in Burma.

By  , US Determines North Korea Behind Sony Attack as Studio Pulls Movie

North Korea is accused of cyberattacking Sony Pictures as the studio pulled plans to release its comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

By   Dalai Lama Says His Role Should Cease After his Death

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, says his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than have a “stupid” successor replace him.

By   US, Cuba Patch Torn Relations in Historic Accord 

After decades of Cold War acrimony, the US and Cuba move to restore diplomatic relations, in a historic shift that could revitalize trade and travel.

By   Thai Junta-Backed Council Recommends Direct Election of PM

Critics say a proposal by the National Reform Council to strip parliament of its power to appoint a cabinet will encourage patronage politics.

By   ‘The Bubble Will Definitely Burst’

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses a recent ADB loan, the resumption of services at Yoma Bank and Burma’s overheated property market.

By   ‘We Have to Do Lots of Things to Fill the Gaps’

The director of the women’s group Phan Tee Eain (Creative House) talks about her plans to offer victims of sexual violence a refuge and counsel.

By   ‘It Will Be Hard As It’s the First Time Committee Members Are Elected’

Mae Ohn Nyunt Wai is one of three women competing in the upcoming Rangoon Division Municipal Committee elections. She speaks about campaigning and her ambitions.

By   ‘The Report Was Fabricated’

The widow of Aung Kyaw Naing is unconvinced by a report by Burma’s National Human Rights Commission concluding that her late husband was not tortured.

By   At Gaw Wein Jetty, Squatters Struggle to Rebuild

After a temporary eviction by authorities, port laborers and their families face the daunting task of rebuilding their homes around the Mandalay foreshore.

By   The Path to a Brighter Future for Burma’s Disabled

A small but determined group left Rangoon by wheelchair on a 17-day journey to raise awareness about rights of people living with disabilities in Burma.

By   In Kachin State, a Place of Merriment Turns to Mourning

A Myitkyina park once used for celebrations has taken on a more somber air as the civil war in Kachin State grinds on.

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   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


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.