The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Rangoon Mayor Defends Controversial City Expansion Plan

Rangoon mayor defends attempts by regional authorities to push through a controversial city expansion plan, claiming in Rangoon Divisional parliament that it has widespread support.

By   Exclusion of Smaller Groups Emerges as Ceasefire Sticking Point

An ethnic leader expresses doubts over the military’s willingness to sign a nationwide ceasefire as some groups’ proposed inclusion proves problematic for Burma’s commander-in-chief.

By   Villagers, Activists Claim Innocence of Student Charged in Chinese Workers’ Kidnapping

Villagers and activists say student Phyu Hnin Htwe is being falsely accused of involvement in the detention of Chinese workers at the Monywa copper mine.

By   Latest Round of Nationwide Ceasefire Talks Kicks Off

The government’s lead peace negotiator pledges to push ahead with talks to end conflict in Burma, as officials meet ethnic rebel groups for ceasefire talks.

By   Officials, Big Business to Talk Investment Opportunities in Burma

A high-profile business forum on Burma is set to kick-off in New York, with executives and government officials to discuss investment in ‘Asia’s last frontier.’

By   Burmese Gas Firm Official Confirms Plans for Doubling of CNG Price

The price of compressed natural gas in Burma will double, but likely not until sometime next year, a Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise official says.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (September 20, 2014)

U.S. investment in Burma remains modest, but Thai Gas Explorer PTTEP will invest $3.3 billion, while Burma’s ‘shrunken’ population will deter international consumer business investment.

By   Kyaukphyu SEZ ‘Key’ to China Business Corridor, But Doubts Remain

Kyaukphyu port on Burma’s western coast could play a key role in a Beijing-led economic corridor plan linking neighbors India, Bangladesh and China.

By   Chinese Militants Get Islamic State ‘Terrorist Training’: Media

Chinese militants from western Xinjiang have left the country to get “terrorist training” from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reports.

By   Affluence Eludes Poor Crowding Into Asian Cities

Across developing Asia, migration from country to city has long been a potential path out of poverty, but less and less is that true today.

By   Amnesty Blasts China’s Torture Tool Industry 

Amnesty International says Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands, has grown dramatically.

By   India, China Quietly Struggle in Indian Ocean

The world’s two most populous nations are jostling for the upper hand in a maritime corridor of major economic importance for the region.

By   ‘They Know Nothing About Ethnic Education’

The Karen Education Department’s secretary explains what it was like to run schools in a war zone and how things have changed since a ceasefire.

By   Business With Bounce

The founder of one of the country’s leading manufacturers of mattresses talks about what it takes to succeed in Myanmar as an entrepreneur.

By   ‘Can’t They Spare Time for the People?’

Lawmaker Nyo Nyo Thin explains the challenges that make it difficult for her and others in the divisional parliament to respond to the public’s needs.

By   ‘We Will Create an All-Inclusive Education System’

A top official in charge of basic education discusses the reforms planned in Burma’s education system as part of the National Education Bill.

By   ‘It Was a Tragic Scene to See the Dead Bodies of Our Brothers and Sisters’

Twenty six years ago, the Burma Army seized power after a crackdown on a democratic uprising. Two doctors recall how they treated numerous wounded protestors.

By   Art for Peace

The works of more than 100 artists including prominent activist Min Ko Naing go on sale at a peace-themed exhibit in Burma’s biggest city.

By   From Plastic, Ex-Political Prisoner Makes Art

A Burmese artist on display in London this month learned to make collages in prison with plastic bags, instant coffee packets and other recycled goods.

By   Prison Fight

Prisoners in Thailand can win respect, better conditions and time off their sentences if they defeat foreign opponents in jail-yard boxing matches.

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.