The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Abuse of Women Both Common and Concealed, Say Activists

Preliminary research by a leading women’s rights network reveals some of the less conspicuous but equally traumatic brands of abuse that continue unabated.

By   Press Council Seeks Clarity on Military Briefings

Media representatives have met with the military for a second time to discuss a lack of access to information from the armed forces.

By   Civil Society Pushes for Transitional Justice

Burmese civil society groups urge ethnic peace negotiators to implement transitional justice as the country inches closer to a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

By   Tensions Rise in Kachin, As Army Shells Land Near KIA Posts, IDP Camps

Tensions continue to rise in Kachin State as the army fires more than a dozen mortar shells close to rebel positions and camps of internally

By   First Myanmar Investment Announces Expansion After Record Profits

On the back of a strong financial performance, FMI is expanding its operations in the real estate, healthcare, aviation and banking sectors.

By   Neighborhood Rivalry ‘Puts Burma’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk’

Burma will struggle to attract new investment in the sector because of a global industry slump and new competition from neighboring countries, a report says.

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   Bangladesh Arrests 9 in Crackdown on Militant Groups

Bangladesh arrests four members of an outlawed militant group, including the chief of its women's wing, as well as five suspects in a southern city.

By   Two Senior Thai Police Face Royal Insult Charge as Cases Mount

Two senior Thai policemen face royal insult charges, the latest in a mounting number of lese-majeste cases following a coup in May.

By   Journalists Remember 32 Colleagues Slain in the Philippines

Dozens of media workers have gathered at a shrine in Manila to remember the single deadliest attack on the press ever documented.

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   ‘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   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.