The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Mon Activist Wins Asian Women’s Award

The women’s rights activist Khin Khin Kyu wins the N-Peace Award for her efforts to advance the rights of ethnic minority women in Burma.

By   Chin Activists Sentenced to Fines for Protest Against Alleged Rape Attempt

A court sentenced eight Chin rights activists to a US$30 fine for holding an unauthorized protest over an alleged rape attempt by a government soldier.

By   Dozens More Farmers Imprisoned in Sagaing Division Over Land Protest

A Sagaing Division court imprisons another 47 farmers, raising the total number of detained farmers in Kantbalu Township to 65, with dozens more awaiting trial.

By   Kyaukphyu-Kunming Railway Not Dead Yet: Chinese Envoy

Beijing intends to push ahead in building a railway linking western Burma with China, but not without winning support from the Burmese government and people.

By   Environmental Impact Study on Thilawa 2nd Phase Due in October

Consultants for the Japan-backed Thilawa SEZ near Rangoon say the environmental impact assessment of the project’s second phase is due for release in October.

By   Information on Responsible Business Practices Largely Absent: Survey

Most Burmese companies provide little to no information on whether they have policies on responsible business practices, a survey among 60 major firms found.

By   Burma’s Leading Private Banks to Raise Saving Rates

Bankers say competition in the market is increasing, but they will only raise interest for savers by 0.25 percent from August 1.

By   Ne Win Scions Plan Takeover of Tay Za’s Bank

One of the grandsons of Burma’s late dictator says the family’s company is buying the majority of AGD Bank.

By   UN Panel Tells Japan to Compensate ‘Comfort Women’

South Korea has accused Japan of going back on an earlier apology for forcing women into brothels before and during World War Two.

By   Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster

Experts say since there is no common theme among recent crashes, passengers will most likely not be deterred from taking flights.

By   Inside Xi Jinping’s Purge of China’s Oil Mandarins

China National Petroleum Corporation is at the center of a campaign by Chinese President Xi Jinping to take down a political rival.

By   US Hails Indonesia Democracy in Turbulent Southeast Asia

President Obama swiftly called Indonesia’s election winner Joko Widodo, demonstrating Washington’s intent to deepen ties with the Muslim-majority country of 240 million people.

By   ‘The Plane Crash Has Caused a Change in the Global Political Landscape’

In the latest edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, panelists talk about the implications of the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17.

By   ‘The Shift From Offline to Online’

A cofounder of property portal Lamudi explains how the Internet penetration rate affects his business in Burma, and his plans for expansion in the future.

By   ‘Pressure on the Press’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, journalists discuss a backsliding of press freedoms in Burma, including the imprisonment of journalists for 10 years with hard labor.

By   ‘There Must be a Mastermind Behind the Conflict’

A leading member of the Arakan National Party speaks his mind on his state’s new chief minister and the government’s approach to communal violence.

By   Can Meditation Really Slow Aging?

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in the United States, thinks so.

By   Portraits of Burma’s Independence Hero

An art exhibition to honor Gen. Aung San opens on Saturday, the 67th anniversary of the independence hero’s assassination by a political rival in Rangoon.

By   Burmese Workers Still Manning Thai Dream Island

On the upmarket resort island of Ko Tao, about 70 percent of workers in the tourism industry hail from southern Burma.

By   In West Burma, Ancient City Needs Care: Activists

In Mrauk U, a campaign is under way to preserve religious edifices that date back to Arakanese kingdoms but have been neglected for years.

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.