BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Courting the Tatmadaw

The West wants to engage Myanmar’s military, but are the generals really ready to reform after decades of brutal oppression by the country’s ruling junta?

Ethnic Mon Demand to Be Involved in Salvaging Great Bell

Community leaders want the Mon history of the massive Dhammazedi bell to be remembered.

Dawei Residents Decry Arrival of Companies Following Ceasefire

Since the Karen National Union stopped fighting the Burma Army last year, development has rushed into the area in southern Burma.

In Kachin, Burma’s Reforms Seem a World Away

While Kachin State farmers struggle to make ends meet because of poor soil, low yields and chronic indebtedness, others are hampered by conflict.

Buddhists Protest Impending OIC Visit to Burma

About 1,000 Buddhists take to the streets of Rangoon to protest the visit of a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation this week.

Tensions High at Letpadaung Mine as Police Gather at Protest Camps

Tensions are high in villages near the controversial Letpadaung copper mine, after authorities dispatched about 100 policemen and warned several protest camps to disperse.

Electricity Rate Hike Delayed Amid Parliamentary, Public Pressure

An electricity rate increase slated to take effect this month will be postponed until the 2014-15 fiscal year following a public backlash against the proposal.

In Burma, a Short Reprieve Expected for Newspapers

Limited telecommunications infrastructure may hold back the tide of digital media that has hit newspapers across the globe.

The Forgotten General of Burma’s Army

Born 107 years ago on Monday, ethnic Karen General Smith Dun has been written out of Burmese military history.

Migrants Left in Limbo After Burma Postpones Temporary Passports

Burma’s planned opening of border offices that could provide temporary passports to hundreds of thousands of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand is being postponed.

Drug-resistant Malaria a Threat to Burma

US experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Burma and several Southeast Asian countries.

Rice Farmers Go Back to School in Kachin State

International donors are hoping that improved rice farming techniques will lift farmers out of poverty, but many challenges remain.

Govt to Poll Public on Planned Electricity Rate Rise

The government will conduct a public opinion survey on a proposed rate hike for electricity consumers in Burma, with results to be reported to Parliament.

Rangoon MPs Urge Govt to Reestablish National Intelligence Bureau

The Rangoon Division lawmakers are urging the central government to reestablish the notorious National Investigation Bureau for National Security.

Protests Planned Against OIC Visit to Burma

Demonstrators say the alliance of Islamic nations should keep out of the issue of violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

Junta’s Former No. 2 Maung Aye Ailing: Sources

The health of Maung Aye, the second-in-command of Burma’s former military junta, is reportedly deteriorating, with the retired general now wheelchair-bound, sources say.

Security In, Spitting Out for SEA Games

Security in Naypyidaw is tightened ahead of the Southeast Asian Games, following a bombing campaign last month that unnerved many in Burma and abroad.

Karen State Day Celebrated in Hpa-an

Hundreds of families attended the 58th Karen State Day, a holiday marked by the state government, which organized a fair and a traditional dance competition.

Dancing, Kali Style

A cosmic dance of life and death unfolds at a Hindu temple in the heart of Yangon.

Burma’s Meth, Opium Production Continues to Rise, UN Warns

Burma’s opium and methamphetamine production continues to rise, and increasing amounts of the illicit drugs are being smuggled to the rest of Asia, the UN says.