BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
The Struggle to Control the Peace Process

Efforts to end decades of conflict between the government and ethnic armed groups are faltering as both sides face disagreements over who’s in charge

Youth Groups Plan Marches, Concerts to Mark International Day of Peace.

Events to mark the International Day of Peace will include a march from City Hall to the People’s Park on Saturday and a rock concert.

Monks Urge Burmese Govt to Apologize as Saffron Revolution Turns 6

Buddhist monks urge the Burmese government to apologize for its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests six years ago as they commemorate the Saffron Revolution.

Burma’s Internet to Receive High-Capacity Upgrade

Internet users in Burma may be able to more quickly upload information later this month, after the bandwidth of a fiber connection is more than doubled.

Military Coup, 25 Years Ago, Heralded Brutal Reign of SLORC

A short statement announced on the radio on Sept 18, 1988, signaled the start of a dark chapter of despotic rule in Burma.

Thai-Burma Road Link Blocked by Dawei Protesters

The main road link from Thailand to Burma’s Dawei special economic zone has been blocked by local villagers demanding compensation for confiscated lands.

Laos Pushes Ahead With Mekong Dam Without Consulting Neighbors

Laos is to forge ahead with a second hydro power dam on the Mekong River, side-stepping its commitment to consult its downstream neighbors before starting work.

Former Burmese Exile Broadcaster DVB Goes Commercial

After more than two decades relying mainly on donors, the Democratic Voice of Burma has announced that it will turn to a commercial business model.

Thandwe Tense But Calm, As Police Detain Arakan Leaders

No further anti-Muslim attacks were reported on Thursday in Thandwe, southern Arakan State, police said, while two Arakanese leaders were detained in relation to the violence.

On Gandhi’s Birthday, India Offers Assistance to Transitioning Burma

Diplomats and scholars say neighboring India—the world’s largest democracy—has much to offer multiethnic Burma as the Southeast Asian nation transitions away from authoritarian rule.

The Demise of a Once Powerful Communist Party—Now in Burmese

A new translation brings veteran journalist Bertil Lintner’s history of one Burma’s first political parties to Burmese readers.

Muslims Blocked From Hospitals in Western Burma

Amid renewed anti-Muslim violence, and as Thein Sein concludes a rare visit, health care providers say discrimination is preventing Arakan State Muslims from accessing medical treatment.

Burma’s First Evening Private Daily on the Way

Burma’s first private evening daily newspaper in five decades will be up and running this month, its managing editor says.

Drop in Chinese Investment Could Hurt Burma Economy, Reform: US Report

A US-based research center warns that a sharp fall in Chinese investment since 2011 is threatening Burma’s economic development and the success of democratic reforms.

Victim of Arakan Violence Mourns Mother Left Behind

Fleeing an armed Buddhist mob, Zaw Lay Khar was forced to leave her 94-year-old mother behind as Muslim homes were torched in western Burma.

Proposed High-Rise Tower Stirs Tension in Rangoon

A heritage conservation group has slammed the planned construction of a US$100 million high-rise office tower directly next to a century-old heritage building.

Kachin Rebels to Hold Ceasefire Talks Next Month

Kachin rebel leaders agree to hold further ceasefire talks with government peace negotiator Aung Min early October. Another international aid convoy also reached Laiza Tuesday.

Flooding Displaces Hundreds in Burma

More than 500 households are forced to relocate in Mandalay and Sagaing divisions due to flooding of the Irrawaddy and Myitnge rivers.

The Mother Who Was Overlooked

In this article first appeared in July, 2006 print issue of The Irrawaddy Magazine, Kyaw Zwa Moe, the editor of the magazine (English edition), writes about the true inspiration behind the political ideals and acumen of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Arakan Muslims Hide Amid Deadly Sectarian Clashes in Thandwe

Terrified Muslim families hid in forests near Thandwe a day after fleeing renewed sectarian violence that killed five people even as the president toured Arakan State.