BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Central Bank Confirms $7.6B in Burmese Funds Held in Overseas Accounts

Burma’s Central Bank chairman confirmed recent claims that Naypyidaw holds billions of dollars in offshore bank accounts, although he stopped short of providing details.

New Industrial Park in Burma Draws Ire of Farmers, Monks

A 10,000-acre industrial park project near Mandalay is angering locals, who fear increasing land confiscations.

International Herald Tribune to Be Printed in Rangoon for the First Time

The New York Times’ international edition will from next week be printed in Burma, and delivered to readers in Yangon alongside their morning coffee.

Inter-Communal Violence Hits Town Near Rangoon

A mob attack in an Irrawaddy Division town near Rangoon destroyed three Muslim-owned homes on Saturday, raising the possibility of a spread of anti-Muslim violence.

The Battle for Laiza

As the two sides meet this week for peace talks, a look back at fighting between the Burmese government and Kachin rebels in early 2013.

NGO to Cut Rations for ‘Self-Reliant Refugees’ on Thai-Burma Border

Rice rations for many Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burma border will be reduced, due to a reduction in funding for The Border Consortium (TBC).

‘Smarter’ National ID Cards in the Pipeline

Cost concerns and the nation’s underdeveloped infrastructure are holding back the rollout of a “smarter,” digital national identification card.

Foreign Investment in Burma Surges, Office Rents Sizzle

Burma approved more foreign investment in the past five months than all of last year, but investors arriving in Rangoon face soaring office rental costs.

Rangoon’s Sedona Hotel Investigating Alleged Secret-Camera Footage

A five-star hotel in Rangoon is investigating whether alleged secret-camera footage was shot in one of its rooms.

Burma to Sign Convention on Child Labor

Burma will sign an agreement next month with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to work toward the elimination of child labor in the country.

Burma’s Police, Farmers Clash as Six Charged for Trespassing on Confiscated Farmland

Angry residents in Naypyidaw briefly detain almost 30 Burmese police officers after a nighttime raid over land confiscated by the Ministry of Information.

US Welcomes Burma Signing Nuclear Agreement

Washington welcomes Burma’s signing of an agreement with the UN atomic watchdog that will require it to declare any nuclear activities and allow inspections.

The Power Behind the Robe

In this cover story first appeared in the October, 2007 print issue of The Irrawaddy magazine, the editor explained why Burma’s general fear the influence of the Sangha.

Muslim Victims Say Police Aided Thandwe Attackers

Security forces arrested 44 suspects following unrest in Thandwe, Arakan State, but they are being accused of not preventing, or at times even encouraging, attackers.

RNDP Not to Blame for Thandwe Violence: Local Party Member

A Thandwe member of Arakanese nationalist party, the RNDP, claims a supposed influx of “Bengali” Muslims in the town lead to this week’s inter-communal violence.

Burmese Tune in to First Internet Radio Station

Burma’s first Internet radio station, 7 Online Radio, is trying to change the way Burmese at home and abroad listen to the radio.

‘We Have No Future Now and No Place Where We Can Stay’

In Thandwe, southern Arakan State, hundreds of Kaman Muslims have fled their villages after Buddhist mob attacks. Many feel that security forces are doing little to protect them.

Historic Women’s Forum to Be Held in Burma

An exile women’s rights group will for the first time co-host an event in Burma when the Women’s Forum (Burma/Myanmar) kicks off Friday in Rangoon.

Suu Kyi Calls for More Women in Parliament

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has called for more women leaders in her country’s government and Parliament, which have long been dominated by men.

Banks Wait for Central Bank to Give Go-Ahead to International Cards

Two of Burma’s major private banks are waiting for the Central Bank to allow them to issue debit cards that can be used overseas.