The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   New Zealand Minister Sees Trade Potential With Burma

The country’s minister for economic development predicts that the economic relationship with Burma will progress after elections in 2015

By   National Education Bill Passes Parliament, Heads to President

Burma’s Union Parliament passes a National Education Bill, bringing the nation’s derelict schooling system one step closer to an overhaul.

By   First Resettlements Set to Begin in Violence-Hit Meikhtila

Out of 7,845 people who remain displaced after violence in the central Burma town in March last year, 220 households are set to be resettled.

By   Burma’s UEC Under Fire for Election Rule Changes

The Union Election Commission faces criticism from Burma’s opposition political parties after it moved to tighten campaigning rules ahead of elections next year.

By   Viber Says App Used by 5 Million Burmese

Mobile phone application Viber announces that the use of its communications service in Burma has soared and reached 5 million users in July.

By   China’s ‘Strategic’ Gas Pipeline in Burma May Be Built on Hot Air

The pipeline from the Arakan coast to Yunnan Province is currently working well below its capacity, with little explanation given as to why.

By   Ooredoo SIM Cards Go on Limited Sale in Burma

Although there has been no official announcement, some phone shops in Mandalay and Naypyidaw have begun selling mobile phone SIMs.

By   Japan’s ANA Cancels Investment in Burma’s Asian Wings

ANA Holdings puts its decision to withhold an investment of $25 million down to intensifying competition between airlines in Burma.

By   Chinese Minority Scholar Indicted for Separatism

A moderate but vocal proponent of rights for the Uighur Muslim minority has been accused of separatism amid renewed violence in the far west.

By   Drug-Resistant Malaria Reaches Southeast Asia Borders, Could Spread to Africa

Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers say.

By   After Western Sanctions, Asia a Hard Sell for Russian Firms Seeking Cash

Russian banks and companies shut out of Western funding markets are unlikely to be greeted with open arms and ready wallets in Asia.

By   China Reports Deadly Attacks by Militants in Northwest

An armed mob rampaged through part of China's northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead, state media report.

By   Why the State ‘Is Still Incredibly Weak’

American political scientist James C. Scott contends that some highland groups in Myanmar consciously chose to avoid becoming part of a modern state.

By   ‘Deeper Change Brings Deeper Resistance’

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks about Burma’s transition, the 2015 elections, religious violence and military cooperation.

By   ‘Time for an Energy Boost’

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

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   Standing Tall

A synagogue in central Yangon testifies to the resilience of the city’s Jewish community despite the many setbacks of the past.

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   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.