The Irrawaddy: Myanmar’s Premier Newsmagazine
In the December 2013 print edition of The Irrawaddy Magazine, we examine the plight of Myanmar’s wild elephants, as poaching and other pressures steadily thin their ranks. Can they survive human predation and encroachment on their ever-shrinking habitats?
In our opinion section, we challenge the notion that foreign funding and other economic incentives can bring peace to Myanmar after decades of conflict. We also ask if Myanmar’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year will be a force for reform in the regional grouping.
In business, we anticipate the end of Myanmar’s telecoms drought as foreign firms flood in, and look at the popularity of Japanese cars as the country’s automobile market opens up.
We also look forward to the 2013 SEA Games with a story that examines Myanmar’s past athletic record and wonders if the country’s glory days could be revived by its hosting of the region’s premier sporting event in December.
Taking a more intimate approach, we profile one of the last Myanmar soldiers to serve under the British during WWII. And lest we forget, we also try to track down the latest in the lives of those other old soldiers—the retired leaders of the country’s former junta.
On the subject of unloved remnants of the recent past, we also deconstruct the new national flag, introduced in the final days of the old regime.
Looking for somewhere to visit? The remains of Sri Ksetra, an ancient city-state established by the Pyu, the earliest recorded inhabitants of central Myanmar, are one destination we recommend. But if it’s more contemporary grandeur you’re after, we also have a traveler’s take on Myanmar’s Ozymandian capital, Naypyitaw.
If you don’t want to leave Yangon but crave a taste of what’s available elsewhere in the country, you might like our introduction to homegrown wine from Shan State. Or, for a real challenge to your palate, we know a good place for some authentic, fiery Indian cuisine.
In our regional section, we have a cautionary tale that should resonate with many in Myanmar: a story on Thais travelling to distant lands in search of better pay. As our reporter shows, the road to riches is often paved with heartbreak.
We also speak to the head of a US Congress-funded agency to promote democracy, who says that whatever the hurdles ahead for Myanmar as it pursues political reforms, there’s no turning back. And we hear from two beauty queens who are also forging ahead on a journey of their own, trying to undo certain social taboos.
If you want to know what makes Myanmar tick, read The Irrawaddy, the monthly newsmagazine that gives you in-depth reporting and a fresh take on the country’s famous, and not-so-famous, attractions.
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