The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Money, Jewelry Pilfered From Famed Inle Lake Pagoda

More than 10 million kyats worth of money and jewelry was stolen from Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda on Wednesday, according to custodians.

By   Letpadaung Mine Development Risks Further Abuses: Amnesty

Amnesty International has criticised a controversial copper mine project in Sagaing Division, highlighting the practice of forced resettlements and the failure to address environmental concerns.

By   Burma Constitution Summit ‘Impractical’: Presidential Spokesman

A summit of political leaders proposed by Burma’s parliament to debate constitutional change is “impractical” and unlikely to happen, the president’s spokesman.

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   ADB to Loan $80M for Upgrade of Irrawaddy Delta Road

The Asian Development Bank provides Burma with an US$80 million loan for the upgrade of the Maubin-Pyapon road, a key link to the Irrawaddy Delta.

By   UK MPs Group Urges Return of Burma Sanctions if Abuses Don’t Stop

A British parliamentary committee advises a re-imposition of European economic sanctions on Burma if there is no improvement in the country’s human rights situation.

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   North Korea’s ‘Princess’ Moves Closer to Center of Power

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un, takes a senior position in the North Korean party.

By   Can Man-of-the-People Widodo Micromanage 240 Million Indonesians?

The former small-town mayor who has championed a people-centric approach to governance finds himself at the helm of Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

By   Girls Died by Suicide, Not Slain by Rapists: India

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has refuted an earlier post-mortem report, claiming that two cousins allegedly raped and murdered in Uttar Pradesh actually committed suicide.

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   ‘Tastes Have Changed a Lot’

The Irrawaddy’s Ye Ni sits down with legendary singer Mon Aung to talk about his return to a changing musical scene in Burma.

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   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.