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ANP’s Criticism of Government in Peace Conference Speech Sparks Controversy

UPDJC bloc disavows comments, which upset Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Rakhine politicians say major parties have never been asked to self-censor The post ANP’s Criticism of Government in Peace Conference Speech Sparks Controversy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Asia’s Coal Addiction Puts Chokehold on its Air-Polluted Cities

An abundance of locally produced, cheap coal and a failure to promote alternative energy sources were key reasons for Asia bucking the global trend away from coal, experts said. The post Asia’s Coal Addiction Puts Chokehold on its Air-Polluted Cities
The Irrawaddy

Asia’s Coal Addiction Puts Chokehold on its Air-Polluted Cities

An abundance of locally produced, cheap coal and a failure to promote alternative energy sources were key reasons for Asia bucking the global trend away from coal, experts said. The post Asia’s Coal Addiction Puts Chokehold on its Air-Polluted Cities appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods May Stay for ‘Substantial Period’

The eight-month trade war between the world's two largest economies has raised costs, roiled financial markets, shrunk U.S. farm exports and disrupted manufacturing supply chains. The post Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods May Stay for ‘Substantial Pe
The Irrawaddy

Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods May Stay for ‘Substantial Period’

The eight-month trade war between the world's two largest economies has raised costs, roiled financial markets, shrunk U.S. farm exports and disrupted manufacturing supply chains. The post Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods May Stay for ‘Substantial Period’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Repatriates Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested 9 Years Ago

The four men were sentenced to more than 20 years in jail for illegally entering Myanmar waters while fishing and released early, Bangladesh authorities said. The post Myanmar Repatriates Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested 9 Years Ago appeared first on The Irrawa
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Myanmar Repatriates Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested 9 Years Ago

The four men were sentenced to more than 20 years in jail for illegally entering Myanmar waters while fishing and released early, Bangladesh authorities said. The post Myanmar Repatriates Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested 9 Years Ago appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Attacks on N. Rakhine Villages Leaves Locals Wounded, Displaced

Since Monday, villages in Mrauk-U Township have experienced continued shelling and military patrols, during which one woman was shot and thousands were forced to flee to urban Mrauk-U. The post Military Attacks on N. Rakhine Villages Leaves Locals Wounded, Di
The Irrawaddy

Military Attacks on N. Rakhine Villages Leaves Locals Wounded, Displaced

Since Monday, villages in Mrauk-U Township have experienced continued shelling and military patrols, during which one woman was shot and thousands were forced to flee to urban Mrauk-U. The post Military Attacks on N. Rakhine Villages Leaves Locals Wounded, Displaced appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Compromises for Aung San Statue Rejected by Activists

The activists rejected the points of compromise which involved a minor alteration to the statue and the option of installing a Karenni hero’s statue nearby. The post Gov’t Compromises for Aung San Statue Rejected by Activists appeared first on The Irrawad
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Gov’t Compromises for Aung San Statue Rejected by Activists

The activists rejected the points of compromise which involved a minor alteration to the statue and the option of installing a Karenni hero’s statue nearby. The post Gov’t Compromises for Aung San Statue Rejected by Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

When Ethnic Areas Joined ‘Burma Proper’ for Independence

At this time in 1947, a committee debated whether the frontier areas—home of Myanmar’s ethnic groups—would gain independence with the rest of Myanmar. The post When Ethnic Areas Joined ‘Burma Proper’ for Independence appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

When Ethnic Areas Joined ‘Burma Proper’ for Independence

At this time in 1947, a committee debated whether the frontier areas—home of Myanmar’s ethnic groups—would gain independence with the rest of Myanmar. The post When Ethnic Areas Joined ‘Burma Proper’ for Independence appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Orng Kitchen Takes Myanmar Fine Dining Back to Nature

Orng Joitamoi, of Orng Kitchen, won his second Myanmore Dining and Nightlife award this month. The Irrawaddy met him in his organic farm to discuss his ingredients for success. The post Orng Kitchen Takes Myanmar Fine Dining Back to Nature appeared first on T
The Irrawaddy

Orng Kitchen Takes Myanmar Fine Dining Back to Nature

Orng Joitamoi, of Orng Kitchen, won his second Myanmore Dining and Nightlife award this month. The Irrawaddy met him in his organic farm to discuss his ingredients for success. The post Orng Kitchen Takes Myanmar Fine Dining Back to Nature appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Suu Kyi, Prayut Open 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge

At opening of Myawaddy-Mae Sot bridge, State Counselor hails close ties and vows to continue working to boost connectivity with Thailand The post Suu Kyi, Prayut Open 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Suu Kyi, Prayut Open 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge

At opening of Myawaddy-Mae Sot bridge, State Counselor hails close ties and vows to continue working to boost connectivity with Thailand The post Suu Kyi, Prayut Open 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Nominates Replacement For Disgraced Tanintharyi Chief Minister

The president has nominated the region's minister of natural resources and environmental conservation to replace Daw Lei Lei Maw, who was arrested on corruption charges. The post President Nominates Replacement For Disgraced Tanintharyi Chief Minister appeare
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President Nominates Replacement For Disgraced Tanintharyi Chief Minister

The president has nominated the region's minister of natural resources and environmental conservation to replace Daw Lei Lei Maw, who was arrested on corruption charges. The post President Nominates Replacement For Disgraced Tanintharyi Chief Minister appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Coast, Caves and Island Treasures—Destination Guide to Myanmar’s Deep South

In this first edition of The Irrawaddy’s destination guide series we visit the deep south, the seaside scenes of Myanmar’s lower leg of Tanintharyi Region, Mon and Karen states. The post Coast, Caves and Island Treasures—Destination Guide to Myanmar’
The Irrawaddy

Coast, Caves and Island Treasures—Destination Guide to Myanmar’s Deep South

In this first edition of The Irrawaddy’s destination guide series we visit the deep south, the seaside scenes of Myanmar’s lower leg of Tanintharyi Region, Mon and Karen states. The post Coast, Caves and Island Treasures—Destination Guide to Myanmar’s Deep South appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Stop ‘War Crimes’ in Rakhine or We’ll Join the Fight There, TNLA Tells Tatmadaw

The Ta’ang group, an ally of the Arakan Army, warns Tatmadaw to stop targeting Arakanese civilians The post Stop ‘War Crimes’ in Rakhine or We’ll Join the Fight There, TNLA Tells Tatmadaw appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Stop ‘War Crimes’ in Rakhine or We’ll Join the Fight There, TNLA Tells Tatmadaw

The Ta’ang group, an ally of the Arakan Army, warns Tatmadaw to stop targeting Arakanese civilians The post Stop ‘War Crimes’ in Rakhine or We’ll Join the Fight There, TNLA Tells Tatmadaw appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Arakanese Politician, Author Sentenced to 20 Years in Rakhine State

The Sittwe District Court sentenced prominent ethnic Arakanese politician U Aye Maung and author Ko Wai Hin Aung for encouraging people to support a rebel group. The post Arakanese Politician, Author Sentenced to 20 Years in Rakhine State appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

Arakanese Politician, Author Sentenced to 20 Years in Rakhine State

The Sittwe District Court sentenced prominent ethnic Arakanese politician U Aye Maung and author Ko Wai Hin Aung for encouraging people to support a rebel group. The post Arakanese Politician, Author Sentenced to 20 Years in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Six Civilians Injured in Shooting, Shelling in Downtown Mrauk-U

Residents of the Rakhine State township say soldiers driving through town on Monday night opened fired unprovoked. The military claims it was attacked by the Arakan Army. The post Six Civilians Injured in Shooting, Shelling in Downtown Mrauk-U appeared first
The Irrawaddy

Six Civilians Injured in Shooting, Shelling in Downtown Mrauk-U

Residents of the Rakhine State township say soldiers driving through town on Monday night opened fired unprovoked. The military claims it was attacked by the Arakan Army. The post Six Civilians Injured in Shooting, Shelling in Downtown Mrauk-U appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

ANP Calls for Removing Military from Parliament in One Fell Swoop

NLD lawmaker describes proposal to Constitutional amendment committee as ‘unrealistic’ The post ANP Calls for Removing Military from Parliament in One Fell Swoop appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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ANP Calls for Removing Military from Parliament in One Fell Swoop

NLD lawmaker describes proposal to Constitutional amendment committee as ‘unrealistic’ The post ANP Calls for Removing Military from Parliament in One Fell Swoop appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Military Court to Probe Rohingya Atrocity Allegations

The military announced a court comprising a major-general and two colonels will “further scrutinize and confirm” events that took place in northern Rakhine in August 2017. The post Myanmar Military Court to Probe Rohingya Atrocity Allegations appeared fir
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Court to Probe Rohingya Atrocity Allegations

The military announced a court comprising a major-general and two colonels will “further scrutinize and confirm” events that took place in northern Rakhine in August 2017. The post Myanmar Military Court to Probe Rohingya Atrocity Allegations appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China’s Xi Urges Teachers of Political Courses to Tackle ‘False Ideas’

Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” in education, sending inspectors to monitor teachers for “improper” remarks in class. The post China’s Xi Urges Teachers of Political Courses to Tackle ‘False Ideas’ appea
The Irrawaddy

China’s Xi Urges Teachers of Political Courses to Tackle ‘False Ideas’

Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” in education, sending inspectors to monitor teachers for “improper” remarks in class. The post China’s Xi Urges Teachers of Political Courses to Tackle ‘False Ideas’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Vietnamese Workers, Streaming to Japan, Face Risks as Labor System Opens Up

Vietnamese youth—the fastest-growing group of foreign workers in Japan—will be among those most affected by a new scheme to let in more blue-collar workers. The post Vietnamese Workers, Streaming to Japan, Face Risks as Labor System Opens Up appeared firs
The Irrawaddy

Vietnamese Workers, Streaming to Japan, Face Risks as Labor System Opens Up

Vietnamese youth—the fastest-growing group of foreign workers in Japan—will be among those most affected by a new scheme to let in more blue-collar workers. The post Vietnamese Workers, Streaming to Japan, Face Risks as Labor System Opens Up appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Union-Level Officials to Meet Karenni Anti-Statue Activists This Week

President’s Office reaches out to initiate talks on statue of Gen. Aung San, which has upset many in Loikaw The post Union-Level Officials to Meet Karenni Anti-Statue Activists This Week appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Union-Level Officials to Meet Karenni Anti-Statue Activists This Week

President’s Office reaches out to initiate talks on statue of Gen. Aung San, which has upset many in Loikaw The post Union-Level Officials to Meet Karenni Anti-Statue Activists This Week appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Private Investments Worth $54M for Chin State

An investment fair held in Yangon over the weekend saw MoUs signed for four major projects—in power, agriculture, housing and hotels—for one of the country’s poorest states. The post Private Investments Worth $54M for Chin State appeared first on The Ir
The Irrawaddy

Private Investments Worth $54M for Chin State

An investment fair held in Yangon over the weekend saw MoUs signed for four major projects—in power, agriculture, housing and hotels—for one of the country’s poorest states. The post Private Investments Worth $54M for Chin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘We Don’t Expect a Single Amendment Will Be Made’

SNLD chief skeptical that NLD’s charter reform can succeed; he adds that Myanmar is ‘too weak’ to reject China’s BRI plans The post ‘We Don’t Expect a Single Amendment Will Be Made’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

‘We Don’t Expect a Single Amendment Will Be Made’

SNLD chief skeptical that NLD’s charter reform can succeed; he adds that Myanmar is ‘too weak’ to reject China’s BRI plans The post ‘We Don’t Expect a Single Amendment Will Be Made’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Can the NLD Overcome the Military’s Last Line of Defense?

The ruling party may be able to chip away at the military's proxies and business interests. But tinkering with its constitutional privileges may prove a step too far. The post Can the NLD Overcome the Military’s Last Line of Defense? appeared first o
The Irrawaddy

Can the NLD Overcome the Military’s Last Line of Defense?

The ruling party may be able to chip away at the military's proxies and business interests. But tinkering with its constitutional privileges may prove a step too far. The post Can the NLD Overcome the Military’s Last Line of Defense? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Parliamentary Battle over Amending the Constitution

We present a roundup of The Irrawaddy’s recent coverage of the NLD’s efforts to kick-start constitutional reform, and the forces arrayed against it. The post The Parliamentary Battle over Amending the Constitution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The Parliamentary Battle over Amending the Constitution

We present a roundup of The Irrawaddy’s recent coverage of the NLD’s efforts to kick-start constitutional reform, and the forces arrayed against it. The post The Parliamentary Battle over Amending the Constitution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

India, Pakistan Threatened to Unleash Missiles at Each Other—Sources

U.S. officials and a number of international leaders got involved in defusing the rising tensions between Pakistan and India last month. The post India, Pakistan Threatened to Unleash Missiles at Each Other—Sources appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

India, Pakistan Threatened to Unleash Missiles at Each Other—Sources

U.S. officials and a number of international leaders got involved in defusing the rising tensions between Pakistan and India last month. The post India, Pakistan Threatened to Unleash Missiles at Each Other—Sources appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Says 13,000 ‘Terrorists’ Arrested in Xinjiang Since 2014

Chinese authorities released a policy paper defending its controversial Islamic de-radicalization measures on Monday. The post China Says 13,000 ‘Terrorists’ Arrested in Xinjiang Since 2014 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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China Says 13,000 ‘Terrorists’ Arrested in Xinjiang Since 2014

Chinese authorities released a policy paper defending its controversial Islamic de-radicalization measures on Monday. The post China Says 13,000 ‘Terrorists’ Arrested in Xinjiang Since 2014 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

From Hardship to Hope, Singapore’s Migrant Poets Find Their Voices

«When I write, I am happy. When people read our work and accept us as human beings, we are happy,» said Deni Apriyani, a domestic worker from Indonesia. The post From Hardship to Hope, Singapore’s Migrant Poets Find Their Voices appeared fir
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From Hardship to Hope, Singapore’s Migrant Poets Find Their Voices

«When I write, I am happy. When people read our work and accept us as human beings, we are happy,» said Deni Apriyani, a domestic worker from Indonesia. The post From Hardship to Hope, Singapore’s Migrant Poets Find Their Voices appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

When US Astronauts Visited Yangon

On March 17, 1970, the crew of the US Apollo 12 lunar mission visited Yangon. They brought with them some rocks from the Moon’s surface, and some lofty words about peace. The post When US Astronauts Visited Yangon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

When US Astronauts Visited Yangon

On March 17, 1970, the crew of the US Apollo 12 lunar mission visited Yangon. They brought with them some rocks from the Moon’s surface, and some lofty words about peace. The post When US Astronauts Visited Yangon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The ACC: Fighting Corruption With Independence?

The Irrawaddy discusses the Anti-Corruption Commission's recent case against Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw, its limits and its potential. The post The ACC: Fighting Corruption With Independence? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The ACC: Fighting Corruption With Independence?

The Irrawaddy discusses the Anti-Corruption Commission's recent case against Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw, its limits and its potential. The post The ACC: Fighting Corruption With Independence? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Invites 8 Armed Groups to Peace Talks Next Week

The ethnic organizations—all non-signatories to the NCA—are due to meet NRPC and Tatmadaw teams The post Gov’t Invites 8 Armed Groups to Peace Talks Next Week appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Gov’t Invites 8 Armed Groups to Peace Talks Next Week

The ethnic organizations—all non-signatories to the NCA—are due to meet NRPC and Tatmadaw teams The post Gov’t Invites 8 Armed Groups to Peace Talks Next Week appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Infographic: Making Myanmar’s Constitution Democratic

A detailed breakdown of the chapters and articles most likely to be targeted for reform by the government The post Infographic: Making Myanmar’s Constitution Democratic appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Infographic: Making Myanmar’s Constitution Democratic

A detailed breakdown of the chapters and articles most likely to be targeted for reform by the government The post Infographic: Making Myanmar’s Constitution Democratic appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

AA Accuses EU of Pro-Gov’t Bias in Statements on Rakhine Conflict

We’ll stop targeting police when EU guarantees force has stopped oppressing Arakanese civilians, group says The post AA Accuses EU of Pro-Gov’t Bias in Statements on Rakhine Conflict appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

AA Accuses EU of Pro-Gov’t Bias in Statements on Rakhine Conflict

We’ll stop targeting police when EU guarantees force has stopped oppressing Arakanese civilians, group says The post AA Accuses EU of Pro-Gov’t Bias in Statements on Rakhine Conflict appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Govt Forms New Committee on Rakhine; Members Caught by Surprise

The President's Office on Thursday announced a new committee tasked with stabilizing the troubled state. Some of the named members say they only found out via Facebook. The post Govt Forms New Committee on Rakhine; Members Caught by Surprise appeared first o
The Irrawaddy

Govt Forms New Committee on Rakhine; Members Caught by Surprise

The President's Office on Thursday announced a new committee tasked with stabilizing the troubled state. Some of the named members say they only found out via Facebook. The post Govt Forms New Committee on Rakhine; Members Caught by Surprise appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Proposes Lifting Ban Barring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi From Presidency

The ruling party proposed the constitutional amendment during a meeting of the joint committee now reviewing the military-drafted charter for possible changes. The post NLD Proposes Lifting Ban Barring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi From Presidency appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

NLD Proposes Lifting Ban Barring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi From Presidency

The ruling party proposed the constitutional amendment during a meeting of the joint committee now reviewing the military-drafted charter for possible changes. The post NLD Proposes Lifting Ban Barring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi From Presidency appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Entire Villages Flee as Military Launches Air Strikes on AA

Over 1,000 have fled villages in Ponnagyun Township following intensified fighting, raising the number of displaced in Rakhine State to 13,000. The post Entire Villages Flee as Military Launches Air Strikes on AA appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Entire Villages Flee as Military Launches Air Strikes on AA

Over 1,000 have fled villages in Ponnagyun Township following intensified fighting, raising the number of displaced in Rakhine State to 13,000. The post Entire Villages Flee as Military Launches Air Strikes on AA appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Must Address Local Governments’ Woeful Performances

The public has endured three years of incompetence and lack of accountability from their state and regional leaders. The post NLD Must Address Local Governments’ Woeful Performances appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

NLD Must Address Local Governments’ Woeful Performances

The public has endured three years of incompetence and lack of accountability from their state and regional leaders. The post NLD Must Address Local Governments’ Woeful Performances appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ethnic Shan Awarded Red Cross Medal for Icy River Rescue

Sai Aung Hlaing Myint was the first person in Southeast Asia to receive the Henry Dunant Medal after rescuing a soldier from a truck submerged in an icy Irrawaddy River in 1976. The post Ethnic Shan Awarded Red Cross Medal for Icy River Rescue appeared first
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Shan Awarded Red Cross Medal for Icy River Rescue

Sai Aung Hlaing Myint was the first person in Southeast Asia to receive the Henry Dunant Medal after rescuing a soldier from a truck submerged in an icy Irrawaddy River in 1976. The post Ethnic Shan Awarded Red Cross Medal for Icy River Rescue appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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