The Irrawaddy: Myanmar’s Premier Newsmagazine

The Irrawaddy: Myanmar’s Premier Newsmagazine


In the July 2014 print edition of The Irrawaddy magazine, our cover story chronicles the remarkable journey of hundreds of villagers forced to seek refuge in rebel-held territory after their homes were destroyed by the Myanmar army.

In our Opinion section, we take aim at the push for a “public service” media, arguing that what the country really needs is more independent journalism—not better-produced propaganda.

In Business, we speak to a key player in Myanmar’s oil and gas industry about the need for more local participation; look at a thriving business that caters to hungry urbanites; and listen to some sage advice from an expert who believes Myanmar needs more investment in agriculture.

Our Features section includes a review of a new play that examines failed anti-human-trafficking policies; an interview with an expert on “anarchy” in the highlands of Southeast Asia; a photo essay on the risky business of diving for salvage in the rivers around Yangon; and a visit to Myanmar’s only synagogue.

In Lifestyle, we check out a shrine in Yangon that’s popular with Thai visitors, and then travel to Pyin Oo Lwin, a favorite haunt of the British during the colonial era, to rediscover its old-world charm and experience some of its surprising diversity. We also learn about efforts to breathe new life into Myanmar’s many musical and literary traditions, and enjoy some world-class cuisine.

We also mourn the loss of one of Myanmar’s finest painters, and celebrate a well-earned victory for a local beauty queen.

Other sections include our take on what’s been happening in Thailand since the May 22 coup; some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes as Myanmar gears up for next year’s election; and a look at the effect of decades of censorship on journalism in Myanmar.

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 many attractions.



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