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‘Myanmar Is Not Cursed, or a Failed State’

This week, The Irrawaddy sits down with NLD lawmaker U Aung Kyi Nyunt to discuss the long road to democracy, and the merits of Myanmar’s ‘obligation-based’ society.
The Irrawaddy

‘Myanmar Is Not Cursed, or a Failed State’

This week, The Irrawaddy sits down with NLD lawmaker U Aung Kyi Nyunt to discuss the long road to democracy, and the merits of Myanmar’s ‘obligation-based’ society.

Bridge Destroyed by Myanmar Rebels to be Rebuilt in 5 Days

Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction said the Goke Twin Bridge—central to domestic travel and international trade networks—is being replaced by a double-lane Baily bridge.
The Irrawaddy

Bridge Destroyed by Myanmar Rebels to be Rebuilt in 5 Days

Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction said the Goke Twin Bridge—central to domestic travel and international trade networks—is being replaced by a double-lane Baily bridge.

Myanmar Ready to Receive Returning Rohingya, Ministry Says

Govt says repatriation of nearly 3,500 people to begin in line with bilateral deal on Aug. 22, but Bangladesh officials, Rohingya refugee groups unaware of plan.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Ready to Receive Returning Rohingya, Ministry Says

Govt says repatriation of nearly 3,500 people to begin in line with bilateral deal on Aug. 22, but Bangladesh officials, Rohingya refugee groups unaware of plan.

Myanmar Govt Condemns Joint Rebel Attacks as ‘Terrorism’

While warning that Thursday’s strikes could derail the peace process, President’s Office says door is still open to ceasefire talks with Northern Alliance.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt Condemns Joint Rebel Attacks as ‘Terrorism’

While warning that Thursday’s strikes could derail the peace process, President’s Office says door is still open to ceasefire talks with Northern Alliance.

Fresh, Hard-Hitting Attacks on Military Hinder Myanmar Peace Process

Deadly attacks in townships in Mandalay Region and Shan State on Thursday morning portend ill for the future of peace negotiations in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Fresh, Hard-Hitting Attacks on Military Hinder Myanmar Peace Process

Deadly attacks in townships in Mandalay Region and Shan State on Thursday morning portend ill for the future of peace negotiations in Myanmar.

50-Plus Foreign Tourists Stranded by Rebel Attacks in Myanmar Tourist Town Hsipaw

With the Union Highway closed following deadly rebel attacks on Myanmar military and police targets on Thursday, returning to Yangon has become difficult.
The Irrawaddy

50-Plus Foreign Tourists Stranded by Rebel Attacks in Myanmar Tourist Town Hsipaw

With the Union Highway closed following deadly rebel attacks on Myanmar military and police targets on Thursday, returning to Yangon has become difficult.

Myanmar Appoints Ex-World Bank Economist Deputy Minister

Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein, 41, brings some youth to the NLD’s ‘gray cabinet’ as deputy industry minister; economic adviser to State Counselor applauds choice as ‘first rate’.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Appoints Ex-World Bank Economist Deputy Minister

Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein, 41, brings some youth to the NLD’s ‘gray cabinet’ as deputy industry minister; economic adviser to State Counselor applauds choice as ‘first rate’.

The End of Shikoing Before the British

After critical press reports of British officials demanding Burmese citizens shiko before them, the colonial government ordered an end to the practice 96 years ago today.
The Irrawaddy

The End of Shikoing Before the British

After critical press reports of British officials demanding Burmese citizens shiko before them, the colonial government ordered an end to the practice 96 years ago today.

In Myanmar’s Western Rakhine, New Border Affairs and Security Minister Sworn In

Col. Min Than, a former Lower House military lawmaker, is set to become the new border affairs and security minister in Rakhine State on Friday.
The Irrawaddy

In Myanmar’s Western Rakhine, New Border Affairs and Security Minister Sworn In

Col. Min Than, a former Lower House military lawmaker, is set to become the new border affairs and security minister in Rakhine State on Friday.

15 Myanmar Soldiers, Police and Civilians Dead in Coordinated Attacks

A deadly day of coordinated rebel attacks began at the Myanmar military training academy in Pyin Oo Lwin before spreading to nearby townships on Thursday.
The Irrawaddy

15 Myanmar Soldiers, Police and Civilians Dead in Coordinated Attacks

A deadly day of coordinated rebel attacks began at the Myanmar military training academy in Pyin Oo Lwin before spreading to nearby townships on Thursday.

8 Missing Amid Clashes in Western Myanmar’s Chin State

The Chin Human Rights Organization said eight civilians from four villages in Paletwa Township have been missing since Oct. 12, 2018, amid intense fighting there.
The Irrawaddy

8 Missing Amid Clashes in Western Myanmar’s Chin State

The Chin Human Rights Organization said eight civilians from four villages in Paletwa Township have been missing since Oct. 12, 2018, amid intense fighting there.

More Joint Rebel Attacks to Come, TNLA Warns Myanmar Military

After strikes by joint TNLA, AA, MNDAA force in Shan and Mandalay, rebel group says the ‘counteroffensive’ will continue, warns civilians to stay out of conflict zones.
The Irrawaddy

More Joint Rebel Attacks to Come, TNLA Warns Myanmar Military

After strikes by joint TNLA, AA, MNDAA force in Shan and Mandalay, rebel group says the ‘counteroffensive’ will continue, warns civilians to stay out of conflict zones.

Toddler Rape Victim Identifies Two Teenage Culprits

In the much-watched trial of a toddler rape victim in Myanmar’s capital, new evidence shows the victim identifying two brothers not currently charged with the rape.
The Irrawaddy

Toddler Rape Victim Identifies Two Teenage Culprits

In the much-watched trial of a toddler rape victim in Myanmar’s capital, new evidence shows the victim identifying two brothers not currently charged with the rape.

Organized Rebel Attacks on Myanmar Military Academy and Nearby Sites Kill Two

It is the first attack on the military’s Defense Service Technological Academy in decades. Fighting there is still ongoing.
The Irrawaddy

Organized Rebel Attacks on Myanmar Military Academy and Nearby Sites Kill Two

It is the first attack on the military’s Defense Service Technological Academy in decades. Fighting there is still ongoing.

China Asks for UN Security Council to Discuss Kashmir this Week: Diplomats

China backed Pakistan’s request for a formal, private discussion, but France proposed a more casual approach. The final decision is up to council president Poland.
The Irrawaddy

China Asks for UN Security Council to Discuss Kashmir this Week: Diplomats

China backed Pakistan’s request for a formal, private discussion, but France proposed a more casual approach. The final decision is up to council president Poland.

Japan’s WWII Surrender Ushered in a New Era for Myanmar

On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender in WWII, setting in motion the withdrawal of Japanese forces from Myanmar after a period of harsh rule.
The Irrawaddy

Japan’s WWII Surrender Ushered in a New Era for Myanmar

On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender in WWII, setting in motion the withdrawal of Japanese forces from Myanmar after a period of harsh rule.

Myanmar to Host Forum to Lure Foreign Investment in Deep South

Tanintharyi Region in Myanmar looking to boost FDI in new and existing tourism, mining and agriculture projects, among others, DICA says.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar to Host Forum to Lure Foreign Investment in Deep South

Tanintharyi Region in Myanmar looking to boost FDI in new and existing tourism, mining and agriculture projects, among others, DICA says.

Headmaster Injured in Clash Between Myanmar Army, TNLA in Northern Shan

The educator was struck by artillery shrapnel while attempting to wait out the clash on a roadside in Kutkai Township; he was later treated at a hospital and released.
The Irrawaddy

Headmaster Injured in Clash Between Myanmar Army, TNLA in Northern Shan

The educator was struck by artillery shrapnel while attempting to wait out the clash on a roadside in Kutkai Township; he was later treated at a hospital and released.

African Swine Fever Confirmed in Myanmar Pig Deaths

Serum samples taken from recently deceased pigs in Shan State tested positive for African swine fever, marking the virus’ first confirmed appearance in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

African Swine Fever Confirmed in Myanmar Pig Deaths

Serum samples taken from recently deceased pigs in Shan State tested positive for African swine fever, marking the virus’ first confirmed appearance in Myanmar.

Myanmar Military Restricts Movement in Northern Rakhine’s Minbya

Many IDPs trapped as army puts besieged villages in township’s rural areas under lockdown due to heavy fighting with AA, lawmakers and residents say.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Restricts Movement in Northern Rakhine’s Minbya

Many IDPs trapped as army puts besieged villages in township’s rural areas under lockdown due to heavy fighting with AA, lawmakers and residents say.

Belgian Firm’s Withdrawal from Mytel Operator Sees Minimal Impact

Newtec cut ties with Myanmar-military backed telecom operator in response to UN report; local partner Com & Com says number of subscribers affected won’t be large.
The Irrawaddy

Belgian Firm’s Withdrawal from Mytel Operator Sees Minimal Impact

Newtec cut ties with Myanmar-military backed telecom operator in response to UN report; local partner Com & Com says number of subscribers affected won’t be large.

Authentic Myanmar Food: Ngapichat Focuses on Key Burmese Ingredient

New curry spot Ngapichat offers authentic, home-cooked Myanmar dishes without all the oil, served in a clean, air-conditioned space to local and foreigner alike.
The Irrawaddy

Authentic Myanmar Food: Ngapichat Focuses on Key Burmese Ingredient

New curry spot Ngapichat offers authentic, home-cooked Myanmar dishes without all the oil, served in a clean, air-conditioned space to local and foreigner alike.

On the Ground with Rescue Workers and Flood Victims in Myanmar’s Mon State

The Irrawaddy photojournalist Myo Min Soe captures survivors and rescue workers in the aftermath of a deadly landslide and southern Myanmar’s worst flooding in decades.
The Irrawaddy

On the Ground with Rescue Workers and Flood Victims in Myanmar’s Mon State

The Irrawaddy photojournalist Myo Min Soe captures survivors and rescue workers in the aftermath of a deadly landslide and southern Myanmar’s worst flooding in decades.

‘No One Wants to Be a Village Administrator in Shan State’

The army arrests local officials who are contacted by EAOs demanding money, but does not protect them, brother of detained village head in Myanmar’s Shan State says.
The Irrawaddy

‘No One Wants to Be a Village Administrator in Shan State’

The army arrests local officials who are contacted by EAOs demanding money, but does not protect them, brother of detained village head in Myanmar’s Shan State says.

‘Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours’

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s plea, made when Myanmar was under dictatorship, should be recalled amid Hongkongers’ current fight to preserve their political and legal rights.
The Irrawaddy

‘Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours’

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s plea, made when Myanmar was under dictatorship, should be recalled amid Hongkongers’ current fight to preserve their political and legal rights.

As Some Temporary Shelters Close, Others Open

Some 80,000 have people returned home as floods recede in parts of Myanmar, but in southern Myanmar’s Mon State—the country’s worst hit area—more shelters are opening.
The Irrawaddy

As Some Temporary Shelters Close, Others Open

Some 80,000 have people returned home as floods recede in parts of Myanmar, but in southern Myanmar’s Mon State—the country’s worst hit area—more shelters are opening.

Hong Kong Leader Urges Calm as Protest Tensions Rise; Airport Reopens

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell by more than a percent, to the year’s lowest levels, as the city’s leader described “a state of panic and chaos” to reporters.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Leader Urges Calm as Protest Tensions Rise; Airport Reopens

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell by more than a percent, to the year’s lowest levels, as the city’s leader described “a state of panic and chaos” to reporters.

Indian Authorities Lock Down Kashmir’s Major City on Eid Holiday

Protestors chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans grew louder, as did the rising din of Indian security helicopters circling above.
The Irrawaddy

Indian Authorities Lock Down Kashmir’s Major City on Eid Holiday

Protestors chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans grew louder, as did the rising din of Indian security helicopters circling above.

Philippines to Protest Chinese Ships Presence Amid Troubled Ties

Amid a souring of relations, the island nation plans to push back against the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone.
The Irrawaddy

Philippines to Protest Chinese Ships Presence Amid Troubled Ties

Amid a souring of relations, the island nation plans to push back against the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone.

Cash-Strapped Govt Desperate for Education Improvement: DASSK

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told International Youth Day observers that, while the government is desperate to improve education in Myanmar, funding is limited.
The Irrawaddy

Cash-Strapped Govt Desperate for Education Improvement: DASSK

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told International Youth Day observers that, while the government is desperate to improve education in Myanmar, funding is limited.

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