BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
In Thandwe, Communal Trust Shattered in Aftermath of Violence

Buddhists and Muslims who were displaced in clashes last week in west Burma say they were once good neighbors but can no longer trust each other.

Arakan State Govt Backs Mining Projects in Strife-Torn North

A Chinese and a Luxembourg-registered firm obtained Arakan State approval to mine aluminum and titanium from beaches in the violence-wracked townships of Maungdaw and Rathedaung.

A Visit to Rangoon’s House of Memories

The old villa on U Wisara Road is a restaurant and a museum, filled with memorabilia of famous former residents, such as Gen Aung San.

Burma Launches National Plan to Empower Women

Burma’s government launches a strategic plan to empower women, in a country where about 95 percent of lawmakers are male and women face major barriers to employment and health care.

Than Shwe’s Grandson Appears With Burma’s New Miss Universe

Social media in Burma heats up over photographs showing Nay Shwe Thway Aung, the favorite grandson of the former dictator, with a beauty pageant winner.

Burma’s Ruling Party Says Constitutional Change Could Mean ‘Serious Danger’

Burma’s ruling party says the state and its people will be in “serious danger and face consequences beyond expectation” if lawmakers scrap the existing Constitution.

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.