The Irrawaddy Magazine - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Devotees Flock to ‘Japan Pagoda’ in Rangoon

Pilgrims from all corners of Burma flock to a monastery in Rangoon’s Hmawbi Township, where a Japanese man has donated hundreds of ancient Buddha images.

By   Parents of Burmese Men Accused of Koh Tao Murders Arrive in Thailand

A British labor rights activist visits two Burmese men accused of murder in southern Thailand as the migrants’ parents arrive to visit their children.

By   Karen Leaders Prepare for Divisive Assembly

Top-ranking Karen leadership meets this week to discuss rejoining the nation’s main ethnic coalition and uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.

By   Information Minister to Discuss Jailing of Journalists With President

Information Minister Ye Htut says he will discuss the recent imprisonment of local journalists with President Thein Sein.

By   Record Haul in Jade Sales to Burmese Traders

Jade sales at a major gems emporium for local traders in Burma hit a record high, with 126 billion kyats worth of the gemstone sold.

By   Japan to Carry out Studies on How to Revive Dawei SEZ

Japan is to carry out several studies on how the stalled Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Burma can be revived, government sources say.

By   Burma FDI Hits Full-Year Target in First 6 Months of 2014-15

Foreign direct investment into Burma exceeds the government’s original target just six months into the fiscal year, topping $4 billion through September.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Oct. 18, 2014)

Thai firm with Burma dam criticized; Mae Sot-Myawaddy trade soars; visa-free Asean urged; UK’s ‘ethical business’ pledge panned; and a jade market taps high demand.

By   Traffickers Use Abductions, Prison Ships to Feed Asian Slave Trade

Testimonies from Bangladeshi and Rohingya survivors indicate a shift in tactics by human traffickers: Before people left voluntarily, now they are being abducted or tricked.

By   Hong Kong Protesters Plan March After Fruitless Talks With Government

Hong Kong protesters plan to march to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader to push their case for greater democracy.

By   North Korea Unexpectedly Frees American Jeffrey Fowle

North Korea frees Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record.

By   Sri Lanka Announces Early Presidential Poll in January

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule, with Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to seek a third six-year term.

By   ‘Those Raised in A Locked-Up Society Are Different’

Director The Maw Naing talks about “The Monk,” a film about a novice in Burma who weighs the choice between monastic and lay life.

By   ‘The More People Talk About HIV, the Less Discrimination We Will See’

Myo Thant Aung, chairman of Myanmar Positive Group, speaks to The Irrawaddy about Burma’s capacity to treat HIV and challenges for health workers and patients.

By   ‘History Will Decide’

Former military intelligence officer Thein Swe talks about his views on politics after 10 years of his imprisonment ended by presidential pardon earlier this week.

By   Tourism’s New Trails

The chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing talks about the industry’s underlying promise, and the growing pains that have accompanied it as the country opens up.

By   In Burma’s Parliament, What’s on Your Head Matters

Hats hold meaning in Burma’s Parliament, embodying political allegiances, accomplishments and failures of a nation transitioning from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy.

By   Flickers of Hope, Shadow of Uncertainty for Muslims in Arakan Citizenship Pilot

Rohingya Muslims in Myebon are both hopeful and uncertain as some ostensibly receive citizenship rights for the first time under the government’s national verification program.

By   In Rohingya Camp, a Subdued Celebration of Muslim Holiday

Rohingya camp residents in Arakan State’s Myebon hold a quiet celebration of Eid al-Adha, the first time they are allowed to do so since 2012.

By   Building Bamboo Bikes in Burma

An American couple plan a new project that aims to harness local skills and knowledge to build bamboo bike frames in Myitkyina, Kachin State.


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.

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.