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Total Number of Defamation Cases Under Telecommunications Law Hits 200

Cases filed on behalf of commander-in-chief remain common despite amendments to law; free-speech advocates renew call for Article 66(d) to be scrapped.
The Irrawaddy

Total Number of Defamation Cases Under Telecommunications Law Hits 200

Cases filed on behalf of commander-in-chief remain common despite amendments to law; free-speech advocates renew call for Article 66(d) to be scrapped.

The Day the KNDO Hijacked a Burma Airways Jet

On this day in 1954, a team of Karen National Defense Organization rebels hijacked a Union of Burma Airways Dakota DC-3—the nation’s first airplane hijacking.
The Irrawaddy

The Day the KNDO Hijacked a Burma Airways Jet

On this day in 1954, a team of Karen National Defense Organization rebels hijacked a Union of Burma Airways Dakota DC-3—the nation’s first airplane hijacking.

Myanmar Blackout May Be Cover for Gross Human Rights Violations: UN Investigator

UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said she has been told the Tatmadaw “is now conducting a clearance operation” in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Blackout May Be Cover for Gross Human Rights Violations: UN Investigator

UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said she has been told the Tatmadaw “is now conducting a clearance operation” in Rakhine State.

A Year Later, Thailand’s Rescued ‘Cave Boys’ Honor Diver who Died

Saman Kunan, a former member of an elite Thai Navy SEAL unit, died after entering the cave to place oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.
The Irrawaddy

A Year Later, Thailand’s Rescued ‘Cave Boys’ Honor Diver who Died

Saman Kunan, a former member of an elite Thai Navy SEAL unit, died after entering the cave to place oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.

Huawei’s US Research Arm Builds Separate Identity

The fear is that Huawei is using university partnerships to scoop up research in areas such as AI, telecommunications and robotics, to be used in hacking or spying operations.
The Irrawaddy

Huawei’s US Research Arm Builds Separate Identity

The fear is that Huawei is using university partnerships to scoop up research in areas such as AI, telecommunications and robotics, to be used in hacking or spying operations.

ASEAN to Support Myanmar in Rohingya Repatriation Process

Leaders stressed the need to find a comprehensive and durable solution to the root causes of the crisis and to create an environment for the communities to rebuild their lives.
The Irrawaddy

ASEAN to Support Myanmar in Rohingya Repatriation Process

Leaders stressed the need to find a comprehensive and durable solution to the root causes of the crisis and to create an environment for the communities to rebuild their lives.

Sri Lanka Extends Emergency for Third Month After Easter Bombings

President Sirisena said extending emergency rule was “in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services.”
The Irrawaddy

Sri Lanka Extends Emergency for Third Month After Easter Bombings

President Sirisena said extending emergency rule was “in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services.”

Southeast Asia to Launch Joint Bid to Host 2034 World Cup: Thai PM

The ASEAN bid would also be competing with China which is widely seen as the front-runner to host the next tournament in Asia.
The Irrawaddy

Southeast Asia to Launch Joint Bid to Host 2034 World Cup: Thai PM

The ASEAN bid would also be competing with China which is widely seen as the front-runner to host the next tournament in Asia.

No Discussion of Hong Kong Issue at G20 Summit, Says China

“Hong Kong matters are purely an internal affair due China,” a foreign affairs minister said. “No foreign country has a right to interfere.”
The Irrawaddy

No Discussion of Hong Kong Issue at G20 Summit, Says China

“Hong Kong matters are purely an internal affair due China,” a foreign affairs minister said. “No foreign country has a right to interfere.”

Southeast Asian Leaders Emphasize Economic Strength in Face of US-China Tensions

ASEAN members also agreed on a common approach on a US-led Indo-Pacific initiative, at a time when US-China tensions are rising and forcing ASEAN countries to take sides.
The Irrawaddy

Southeast Asian Leaders Emphasize Economic Strength in Face of US-China Tensions

ASEAN members also agreed on a common approach on a US-led Indo-Pacific initiative, at a time when US-China tensions are rising and forcing ASEAN countries to take sides.

How to Read a WEIRD Evidence-Based Yangon Consultancy Report

Tony Waters offers his ironic views of research reports commissioned by foreign donors which sometimes seem to serve their own political objectives than the needs of Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

How to Read a WEIRD Evidence-Based Yangon Consultancy Report

Tony Waters offers his ironic views of research reports commissioned by foreign donors which sometimes seem to serve their own political objectives than the needs of Myanmar.

Myanmar orders internet shutdown in conflict-torn Rakhine state – telco operator

Communications Ministry directs internet service suspension in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin states, citing «disturbances of peace and use of internet activities to coordinate illegal activities».
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar orders internet shutdown in conflict-torn Rakhine state – telco operator

Communications Ministry directs internet service suspension in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin states, citing «disturbances of peace and use of internet activities to coordinate illegal activities».

Are the Govt and Military at Odds over Buddhist Nationalists?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the legality of the appeal by the Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation, formerly known as Ma Ba Tha, for citizens to reject the government, and the significance of the Yangon military commander’s donation to the group.
The Irrawaddy

Are the Govt and Military at Odds over Buddhist Nationalists?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the legality of the appeal by the Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation, formerly known as Ma Ba Tha, for citizens to reject the government, and the significance of the Yangon military commander’s donation to the group.

Women Photographers Expose a Different Side of Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Photographers from Dhaka and Yangon come together to create a book of visual narratives discussing cultural, societal and identity realities on both sides of the Naf River.
The Irrawaddy

Women Photographers Expose a Different Side of Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Photographers from Dhaka and Yangon come together to create a book of visual narratives discussing cultural, societal and identity realities on both sides of the Naf River.

Govt to Spend Record 3 Billion Kyats on Medical Research Next Fiscal Year

Health Ministry to prioritize research proposals that will directly benefit healthcare for the general public.
The Irrawaddy

Govt to Spend Record 3 Billion Kyats on Medical Research Next Fiscal Year

Health Ministry to prioritize research proposals that will directly benefit healthcare for the general public.

Myanmar Military Sues 3 Reporters over Farmers’ Protest in Loikaw

Army says DVB, Eleven Media, Kantarawady Times journalists helped protesters trespass on battalion compound on June19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Sues 3 Reporters over Farmers’ Protest in Loikaw

Army says DVB, Eleven Media, Kantarawady Times journalists helped protesters trespass on battalion compound on June19.

Thirty Years On, Mae Tao Clinic Continues to Provide Life-Saving Services

Founder Dr. Cynthia Maung vows to continue serving border, migrant communities at Mae Sot health center despite funding challenges.
The Irrawaddy

Thirty Years On, Mae Tao Clinic Continues to Provide Life-Saving Services

Founder Dr. Cynthia Maung vows to continue serving border, migrant communities at Mae Sot health center despite funding challenges.

The Day Bo Min Yaung Chose Execution over Serving the British

On this day in 1888, one of Myanmar’s first independence heroes, Bo Min Yaung—an ancestor of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi—was put to death after leading a revolt.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Bo Min Yaung Chose Execution over Serving the British

On this day in 1888, one of Myanmar’s first independence heroes, Bo Min Yaung—an ancestor of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi—was put to death after leading a revolt.

U Shwe Mann Denies His Party Serves Hidden Interests

Amid questions over his ties to both the USDP and NLD, ex-general and former House speaker says he founded the Union Betterment Party to serve the people.
The Irrawaddy

U Shwe Mann Denies His Party Serves Hidden Interests

Amid questions over his ties to both the USDP and NLD, ex-general and former House speaker says he founded the Union Betterment Party to serve the people.

Tatmadaw Sanctions Bill Heads for Vote in US Congress

Bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on and calling for investigations of top Tatmadaw brass passes US congressional committee and now heads for a full House vote.
The Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw Sanctions Bill Heads for Vote in US Congress

Bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on and calling for investigations of top Tatmadaw brass passes US congressional committee and now heads for a full House vote.

Myanmar’s Electricity Minister Reduces Workload Due to Illness

Officials say U Win Khine's condition is not critical and he is holding meetings and working from home; Agriculture Minister U Aung Thu is helping to run the Electricity Ministry.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Electricity Minister Reduces Workload Due to Illness

Officials say U Win Khine's condition is not critical and he is holding meetings and working from home; Agriculture Minister U Aung Thu is helping to run the Electricity Ministry.

Would a Cyclone Stop the War in Rakhine?

With the approach of cyclone season in Rakhine State, contributor Ye Min Zaw calls for a halt to the war which has already thrown 30,000 residents’ lives into chaos.
The Irrawaddy

Would a Cyclone Stop the War in Rakhine?

With the approach of cyclone season in Rakhine State, contributor Ye Min Zaw calls for a halt to the war which has already thrown 30,000 residents’ lives into chaos.

Local Skateboard Talent to Gather for Int’l Go Skateboarding Day

A growing group of skate enthusiasts will get together for events in honor of the international event aimed at further promoting skateboarding in Myanmar and the world.
The Irrawaddy

Local Skateboard Talent to Gather for Int’l Go Skateboarding Day

A growing group of skate enthusiasts will get together for events in honor of the international event aimed at further promoting skateboarding in Myanmar and the world.

Sagaing Region Pastor Charged with Child Rape

A pastor in Sagaing Region’s Kalay Township reportedly raped two underage girls, telling them God would curse them if they spoke about it. He is in custody.
The Irrawaddy

Sagaing Region Pastor Charged with Child Rape

A pastor in Sagaing Region’s Kalay Township reportedly raped two underage girls, telling them God would curse them if they spoke about it. He is in custody.

Zero Tolerance for NLD Members Who Misuse Funds: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Speaking on her 74th birthday, State Counselor reminds party’s lawmakers they have a duty to their country and constituents.
The Irrawaddy

Zero Tolerance for NLD Members Who Misuse Funds: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Speaking on her 74th birthday, State Counselor reminds party’s lawmakers they have a duty to their country and constituents.

Two More H1N1 Deaths Confirmed

Deaths in Yangon and Sagaing Regions bring the toll of fatal flu infections to five as of Thursday evening, with Yangon Region seeing the most cases.
The Irrawaddy

Two More H1N1 Deaths Confirmed

Deaths in Yangon and Sagaing Regions bring the toll of fatal flu infections to five as of Thursday evening, with Yangon Region seeing the most cases.

‘Other Accounts’ of Union Govt Ministries, Agencies to Be Scrapped

State enterprises’ income will go straight into govt coffers; the goal is to give Parliament greater control of spending and reduce the budget deficit.
The Irrawaddy

‘Other Accounts’ of Union Govt Ministries, Agencies to Be Scrapped

State enterprises’ income will go straight into govt coffers; the goal is to give Parliament greater control of spending and reduce the budget deficit.

Himalayan Glaciers Melting Far Faster this Century: Study

Satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, show glaciers losing more than 46 cm of ice each year since 2000—double the rate of the previous 25 years.
The Irrawaddy

Himalayan Glaciers Melting Far Faster this Century: Study

Satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, show glaciers losing more than 46 cm of ice each year since 2000—double the rate of the previous 25 years.

Cambodia Targets 140 Opposition Figures to Silence Dissent: UN

Opposition party supporters were questioned in relation to gatherings and comments made in support of two leaders of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party.
The Irrawaddy

Cambodia Targets 140 Opposition Figures to Silence Dissent: UN

Opposition party supporters were questioned in relation to gatherings and comments made in support of two leaders of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party.

China’s Xi Leaves on First State Visit to North Korea

North Korea's official newspaper welcomed the «historic visit» in a front-page commentary saying Xi's trip highlights two-way ties that "never waver despite any headwinds.”
The Irrawaddy

China’s Xi Leaves on First State Visit to North Korea

North Korea's official newspaper welcomed the «historic visit» in a front-page commentary saying Xi's trip highlights two-way ties that "never waver despite any headwinds.”

Amid Int’l Espionage Concerns, Mandalay to Embrace Huawei for ‘Safe City’ Project

Myanmar’s second biggest city in a strategic BRI location to have CCTV and AI technology from the Chinese company internationally accused of data theft and spying.
The Irrawaddy

Amid Int’l Espionage Concerns, Mandalay to Embrace Huawei for ‘Safe City’ Project

Myanmar’s second biggest city in a strategic BRI location to have CCTV and AI technology from the Chinese company internationally accused of data theft and spying.

More Than 220 Flee Homes in Shan State

Villagers in rural parts of Kutkai Township, in northern Shan State, fled their homes when fighting broke out between TNLA troops and the Tatmadaw Sunday morning.
The Irrawaddy

More Than 220 Flee Homes in Shan State

Villagers in rural parts of Kutkai Township, in northern Shan State, fled their homes when fighting broke out between TNLA troops and the Tatmadaw Sunday morning.

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