The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Govt Neglecting Student Demands, Mandalay Protestors Say

Student activists in Mandalay say authorities are neglecting the desires of students and teachers despite a sustained campaign of protests against the National Education Law.

By   Ethnic MPs Select Aye Maung for Proposed Talks on Constitution

Ethnic MPs appoint Aye Maung to represent them at proposed six-member talks on constitutional reform but other attendees, including Thein Sein, are yet to commit.

By   Suu Kyi Woos Military Lawmakers Ahead of Talks on Constitution

The opposition leader invites military lawmakers to dinner in a bid to build ties ahead of a proposed summit on changing the Constitution.

By   Attack on KIA a Setback for Nationwide Ceasefire, Negotiators Say

A recent attack on a KIA base is a setback for the nationwide ceasefire process and it seems unlikely a breakthrough can be achieved soon.

By   Rangoon Power Board to Seek Private Sector Involvement from 2015

The Yangon Electricity Supply Board will soon start courting private investment, paving the way for a possible privatization of the city’s electricity network.

By   General Electric to Upgrade Rangoon Power Plants

American multinational General Electric will begin upgrading Rangoon’s industrial gas turbines after finalizing an agreement with the government-owned Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise.

By   Govt to Push Left-Hand Steering Wheels on Future Car Imports

The government plans to carry out a policy encouraging vehicle imports manufactured with left-hand steering columns, an apparent effort to phase out their right-hand counterparts.

By   Report Warns Burma on Rice Price Volatility

A new World Bank study warns that instability in the price of rice in Burma is posing challenges to the country’s largely impoverished farmers.

By   How China’s Shadowy Agency Is Working to Absorb Taiwan

The United Front spreads China’s influence by gaining control over groups not affiliated with the Communist Party that are often outside the mainland.

By   Japan Eyes Military Aid to Spur Defense Exports, Build Security Ties

Japan considers creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shift away from Japan’s pacifist past.

By   New Thai Tourism Strategy: ‘I Hate Thailand’

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has opted for a reverse-psychology approach in an effort to lure tourists back to the Kingdom after recent strife.

By   Hong Kong Student Leaders Arrested as Police Move on Protest Site

Hong Kong police arrest two of the student leaders at the heart of pro-democracy protests that have shaken the Asian financial hub since August.

By   ‘The Only Way Is Forward’

As Coca-Cola and PepsiCo roll into Myanmar, one of the country’s most powerful beverage companies is busy strategizing its own next move.

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   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   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 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.

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.