BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Ready or Not, the Tourists Are Coming

The coming peak tourism season will be Myanmar’s biggest yet, but can the country handle the expected influx of foreign travelers?

Thein Sein to Receive Asean Chair Gavel at October Meeting

President Thein Sein will receive the Asean chairman’s gavel in Brunei next month, signaling Burma’s growing international acceptance following the start of political reforms.

Video Journalist Recounts a Death Amid the Chaos

Yan Naing, a video journalist at the Democratic Voice of Burma tells of capturing the shooting of Kenji Nagai during the September 2007 crackdown.

Vigilance Urged After Spate of Bombs Planted in Burma

Burma’s police tell people to report suspicious packages after three bombs explode and explosives are found at restaurants in Rangoon and Mandalay.

Cool and Cultured: A Tale of Two Cities

Chiang Mai’s blend of old and new offers the visitor a vacation bursting with colorful contrasts.

Rohingya Refugees Ponder Future Minus Australia Option

Australia’s clampdown on refugees and migrants trying to reach its shores by boat prompts uncertainty among Rohingya who have fled Burma in recent years.

Majority of Male Sex Workers in Chiang Mai Are Burmese: Study

Burmese migrants from Shan State make up more than half of all young male sex workers in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, a study finds.

Thailand Finds 13 Dead Suspected Burma Migrants

Thai police says bodies of 13 people believed to be migrants from Burma seeking work have been found off southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast.

Six Years On, Truth Elusive in Japanese Cameraman’s Killing

On this day 2007, Kenji Nagai was killed while filming a crackdown on the Saffron Revolution. His family and colleagues want to know what happened.

Weaving a Future for Sone-Tu Textiles

Faced with possible extinction, a remarkable cultural tradition of Myanmar’s ethnic Chin people gets a new lease on life.

‘The Elders’ Call for Burma Election Observers in 2015

Three former heads of government, including Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter and Martti Ahtisaari, call on Burma to allow foreign observers for the 2015 national elections.

‘Saffron Revolution’ Leaders Say Rangoon Chief Minister Should Face Court

On the sixth anniversary of a crackdown against protests, Buddhist monks say former Rangoon security chief Myint Swe should stand trial.

Astrologists Tell the Future, Offer Hope in Burma

Fortune-tellers around the world tap into a natural desire to know what’s in store next, and the Burmese seem to be particularly curious.

Thilawa Farmers Say Govt Pressured Them to Accept Compensation Offer

Farmers living in the planned Thilawa Special Economic Zone said government officials pressured them into accepting a meager compensation for their loss of land.

In Burma, a Fight for Affordable HIV Medicine

People living with HIV in Burma say a patent law under development could significantly hinder their ability to access affordable medicine.

Bumpy Start for Burma’s Divisive Miss Universe

Controversy over Burma’s Miss Universe unleashes animosities against the former military regime and China.

Burma Support Withheld on UN Pledge to End Sexual Violence

Burma’s government fails to support a declaration launched on the sidelines of the United Nations this week to end sexual violence in conflict zones.

A Visual Feast at Rangoon’s Lokanat Gallery

With 42 paintings by more than a dozen Burmese artists, a contemporary exhibition at Lokanat Gallery in Rangoon offers a variety of artistic styles.

Vietnam Waives Visa Requirement for Burmese Travelers

Burmese citizens will soon be able to travel to Vietnam without a visa, Vietnam’s government says.

Ethnic Groups Plan to Finish Federalist Draft Constitution Soon

An alliance of Burma’s ethnic groups plans to finish drafting an alternative federalist constitution within three months.