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Transparency Concerns Raised About 7 Dam Projects in Southern Myanmar

Villagers have already been displaced without compensation, Karen Human Rights Group says The post Transparency Concerns Raised About 7 Dam Projects in Southern Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Women Playing Larger Role at This Year’s Peace Conference

The numbers “show that more women are becoming interested in the peace process and that women have the capacity to do so,” said Mi Kun Chan Non. The post Women Playing Larger Role at This Year’s Peace Conference appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Women Playing Larger Role at This Year’s Peace Conference

The numbers “show that more women are becoming interested in the peace process and that women have the capacity to do so,” said Mi Kun Chan Non. The post Women Playing Larger Role at This Year’s Peace Conference appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Deputy Finance Minister Named New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ

U Set Aung's appointment comes amid the government's efforts to renegotiate its agreement with the project's Chinese developer to give Myanmar a larger stake. The post Deputy Finance Minister Named New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Deputy Finance Minister Named New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ

U Set Aung's appointment comes amid the government's efforts to renegotiate its agreement with the project's Chinese developer to give Myanmar a larger stake. The post Deputy Finance Minister Named New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Does Not Have Special Interests in Supporting Myanmar’s Peace Process: Official

Chinese Special Envoy Sun Guoxiang said peace in Myanmar promotes stability on the border, but otherwise, China does have any special interest in Myanmar’s peace process. The post China Does Not Have Special Interests in Supporting Myanmar’s Peace Process
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China Does Not Have Special Interests in Supporting Myanmar’s Peace Process: Official

Chinese Special Envoy Sun Guoxiang said peace in Myanmar promotes stability on the border, but otherwise, China does have any special interest in Myanmar’s peace process. The post China Does Not Have Special Interests in Supporting Myanmar’s Peace Process: Official appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Tatmadaw Invites Ta’ang, Kokang and Arakan Armies to Participate in Ceasefire

Conditions include commitment to dialogue process and a pledge to disarm. The post Tatmadaw Invites Ta’ang, Kokang and Arakan Armies to Participate in Ceasefire appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Tatmadaw Invites Ta’ang, Kokang and Arakan Armies to Participate in Ceasefire

Conditions include commitment to dialogue process and a pledge to disarm. The post Tatmadaw Invites Ta’ang, Kokang and Arakan Armies to Participate in Ceasefire appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Govt Approves Sites For 3 New Economic Zones Along China Border

The government says the zones, slated for Kachin and Shan states, will not only create local jobs but help bring peace to the restive regions. The post Govt Approves Sites For 3 New Economic Zones Along China Border appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Govt Approves Sites For 3 New Economic Zones Along China Border

The government says the zones, slated for Kachin and Shan states, will not only create local jobs but help bring peace to the restive regions. The post Govt Approves Sites For 3 New Economic Zones Along China Border appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Naga Youth Oppose Aung San Statue in Sagaing

The Council of Naga Affairs says locals weren’t consulted before erecting a statue of Gen Aung San in Khamti, Sagaing Region. The post Naga Youth Oppose Aung San Statue in Sagaing appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Naga Youth Oppose Aung San Statue in Sagaing

The Council of Naga Affairs says locals weren’t consulted before erecting a statue of Gen Aung San in Khamti, Sagaing Region. The post Naga Youth Oppose Aung San Statue in Sagaing appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

12 Tatmadaw Troops, 1 RCSS Soldier Killed in 4 Days of Fighting in Mong Kung

This week’s clashes have also left more than 600 Shan villagers homeless, local residents say. The post 12 Tatmadaw Troops, 1 RCSS Soldier Killed in 4 Days of Fighting in Mong Kung appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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12 Tatmadaw Troops, 1 RCSS Soldier Killed in 4 Days of Fighting in Mong Kung

This week’s clashes have also left more than 600 Shan villagers homeless, local residents say. The post 12 Tatmadaw Troops, 1 RCSS Soldier Killed in 4 Days of Fighting in Mong Kung appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Second Wa Delegate Hospitalized in Naypyitaw Amid Peace Talks

The military chief visited the UWSA officials in the hospital on Friday. The post Second Wa Delegate Hospitalized in Naypyitaw Amid Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Second Wa Delegate Hospitalized in Naypyitaw Amid Peace Talks

The military chief visited the UWSA officials in the hospital on Friday. The post Second Wa Delegate Hospitalized in Naypyitaw Amid Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UN Readies to Send Experts to Myanmar’s Rakhine after Rohingya Return Deal: Official

The UN is preparing to send teams of experts into Rakhine State to begin work aimed at eventually repatriating Rohingya Muslims who fled violence last year. The post UN Readies to Send Experts to Myanmar’s Rakhine after Rohingya Return Deal: Official a
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UN Readies to Send Experts to Myanmar’s Rakhine after Rohingya Return Deal: Official

The UN is preparing to send teams of experts into Rakhine State to begin work aimed at eventually repatriating Rohingya Muslims who fled violence last year. The post UN Readies to Send Experts to Myanmar’s Rakhine after Rohingya Return Deal: Official appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Chemical Plant Blast Kills 19, Injures 12

The explosion comes amid a drive to strengthen industrial safety in the wake of some high-profile incidents at coal mines and chemical plants. The post China Chemical Plant Blast Kills 19, Injures 12 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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China Chemical Plant Blast Kills 19, Injures 12

The explosion comes amid a drive to strengthen industrial safety in the wake of some high-profile incidents at coal mines and chemical plants. The post China Chemical Plant Blast Kills 19, Injures 12 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rise of Robots Fuels Slavery Threat for Asian Factory Workers: Analysts

The risk of slavery will spiral as workers who lose their jobs to robots will be more vulnerable to workplace abuses as they jostle for fewer jobs at lower wages, analysts say. The post Rise of Robots Fuels Slavery Threat for Asian Factory Workers: Analysts
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Rise of Robots Fuels Slavery Threat for Asian Factory Workers: Analysts

The risk of slavery will spiral as workers who lose their jobs to robots will be more vulnerable to workplace abuses as they jostle for fewer jobs at lower wages, analysts say. The post Rise of Robots Fuels Slavery Threat for Asian Factory Workers: Analysts appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Chief’s Comment on Tatmadaw ‘Representing’ the People Draws Backlash Online

Critics post ‘Tatmadaw doesn’t represent me’ on social media in riposte to senior general’s speech to Union Peace Conference. The post Military Chief’s Comment on Tatmadaw ‘Representing’ the People Draws Backlash Online appeared first on The Irr
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Military Chief’s Comment on Tatmadaw ‘Representing’ the People Draws Backlash Online

Critics post ‘Tatmadaw doesn’t represent me’ on social media in riposte to senior general’s speech to Union Peace Conference. The post Military Chief’s Comment on Tatmadaw ‘Representing’ the People Draws Backlash Online appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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.
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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.

Eight Tourist Attractions That You Must See in Yangon

From history to adventure to food, Myanmar’s main city offers visitors a unique experience The post Eight Tourist Attractions That You Must See in Yangon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Eight Tourist Attractions That You Must See in Yangon

From history to adventure to food, Myanmar’s main city offers visitors a unique experience The post Eight Tourist Attractions That You Must See in Yangon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Northern EAOs Keen to Keep Talking to Government

Too soon for decision on signing NCA, Kachin leader says after FPNCC members meet with state counselor, Army chief The post Northern EAOs Keen to Keep Talking to Government appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Northern EAOs Keen to Keep Talking to Government

Too soon for decision on signing NCA, Kachin leader says after FPNCC members meet with state counselor, Army chief The post Northern EAOs Keen to Keep Talking to Government appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Court Dismisses Charges Against Myanmar Workers in Landmark Case

A court dismissed criminal defamation charges against workers who had accused a chicken farm of abuses, in a landmark ruling seen as a rare victory for migrant workers' rights. The post Thai Court Dismisses Charges Against Myanmar Workers in Landmark Case
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Thai Court Dismisses Charges Against Myanmar Workers in Landmark Case

A court dismissed criminal defamation charges against workers who had accused a chicken farm of abuses, in a landmark ruling seen as a rare victory for migrant workers' rights. The post Thai Court Dismisses Charges Against Myanmar Workers in Landmark Case appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Noted Myanmar Environmentalist Dies

U Ohn, a devoted environmentalist, died on Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 91 at his residence in Yangon’s Mayangone Township. The post Noted Myanmar Environmentalist Dies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Noted Myanmar Environmentalist Dies

U Ohn, a devoted environmentalist, died on Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 91 at his residence in Yangon’s Mayangone Township. The post Noted Myanmar Environmentalist Dies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Firms Doing Business in China Mostly Oppose Tariffs, Survey Shows

Most US businesses in China oppose the use of tariffs in retaliation for the challenges they face, from an uneven playing field to poor protection of intellectual property rights. The post US Firms Doing Business in China Mostly Oppose Tariffs, Survey Shows a
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US Firms Doing Business in China Mostly Oppose Tariffs, Survey Shows

Most US businesses in China oppose the use of tariffs in retaliation for the challenges they face, from an uneven playing field to poor protection of intellectual property rights. The post US Firms Doing Business in China Mostly Oppose Tariffs, Survey Shows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue

The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds. The post Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue

The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds. The post Thai Boys Wave to the World in First Video Since Their Rescue appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Nationalist Sympathizer Arrested with Grenade in Rakhine

Police say they found the grenade in the home of Tun Myint Oo, who refused to leave a village he helped resettle with non-Muslims after it was cleared of Rohingya last year. The post Nationalist Sympathizer Arrested with Grenade in Rakhine appeared first on T
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Nationalist Sympathizer Arrested with Grenade in Rakhine

Police say they found the grenade in the home of Tun Myint Oo, who refused to leave a village he helped resettle with non-Muslims after it was cleared of Rohingya last year. The post Nationalist Sympathizer Arrested with Grenade in Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Karenni Youth Activists Sued Over Aung San Statue Protest

The 16 are being sued under the Peaceful Assembly Law on charges that could land them in jail for up to a year. Eleven of them have already been sued for incitement. The post Karenni Youth Activists Sued Over Aung San Statue Protest appeared first on The Irra
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Karenni Youth Activists Sued Over Aung San Statue Protest

The 16 are being sued under the Peaceful Assembly Law on charges that could land them in jail for up to a year. Eleven of them have already been sued for incitement. The post Karenni Youth Activists Sued Over Aung San Statue Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on 2 Ministries Over Failure to Accept Deportees

Senior officials from Labor, Home Affairs ministries to be denied visas The post U.S. Slaps Sanctions on 2 Ministries Over Failure to Accept Deportees appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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U.S. Slaps Sanctions on 2 Ministries Over Failure to Accept Deportees

Senior officials from Labor, Home Affairs ministries to be denied visas The post U.S. Slaps Sanctions on 2 Ministries Over Failure to Accept Deportees appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Musician, Peace Activist Ko Ye Lwin Dies

The songwriter, bassist and peace charity group founder died of liver cancer on Tuesday. He was 71. The post Musician, Peace Activist Ko Ye Lwin Dies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Musician, Peace Activist Ko Ye Lwin Dies

The songwriter, bassist and peace charity group founder died of liver cancer on Tuesday. He was 71. The post Musician, Peace Activist Ko Ye Lwin Dies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Analysis: Military Chief Says Tatmadaw Wants Peace — but Not Because It’s Weak

At opening of 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference, Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing urges all armed groups to sign NCA; State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says ceasefire is just the first step The post Analysis: Military Chief Says Tatmadaw Wants Peace — but No
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Analysis: Military Chief Says Tatmadaw Wants Peace — but Not Because It’s Weak

At opening of 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference, Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing urges all armed groups to sign NCA; State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says ceasefire is just the first step The post Analysis: Military Chief Says Tatmadaw Wants Peace — but Not Because It’s Weak appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Mission Accomplished’ as Thailand and the World Welcome Cave Rescue

Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the successful rescue of the last group of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave complex. The post ‘Mission Accomplished’ as Thailand and the World Welcome Cave Rescue appeared firs
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‘Mission Accomplished’ as Thailand and the World Welcome Cave Rescue

Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the successful rescue of the last group of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave complex. The post ‘Mission Accomplished’ as Thailand and the World Welcome Cave Rescue appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Japanese PM to Visit Flood Disaster Area, New Warnings Issued

PM Shinzo Abe headed for the flood-stricken western part of Japan as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years passed 160. The post Japanese PM to Visit Flood Disaster Area, New Warnings Issued appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Japanese PM to Visit Flood Disaster Area, New Warnings Issued

PM Shinzo Abe headed for the flood-stricken western part of Japan as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years passed 160. The post Japanese PM to Visit Flood Disaster Area, New Warnings Issued appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Malaysia Asks Macau to Detain Financier Jho Low After He Flees HK

Jho Low has been identified by Malaysian and US investigators as a key figure in the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The post Malaysia Asks Macau to Detain Financier Jho Low After He Flees HK appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Malaysia Asks Macau to Detain Financier Jho Low After He Flees HK

Jho Low has been identified by Malaysian and US investigators as a key figure in the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The post Malaysia Asks Macau to Detain Financier Jho Low After He Flees HK appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mon State Resources Ministry Warns Antimony Plants to Control Fumes

The Mon State natural resources ministry has warned local antimony plants to control their fumes or risk action taken against them. The post Mon State Resources Ministry Warns Antimony Plants to Control Fumes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Mon State Resources Ministry Warns Antimony Plants to Control Fumes

The Mon State natural resources ministry has warned local antimony plants to control their fumes or risk action taken against them. The post Mon State Resources Ministry Warns Antimony Plants to Control Fumes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Quick Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees is Not a Durable Solution

The refugees are being told that their only “choice” is “voluntary” return to Myanmar. In fact, there are other solutions. The post Quick Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees is Not a Durable Solution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Quick Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees is Not a Durable Solution

The refugees are being told that their only “choice” is “voluntary” return to Myanmar. In fact, there are other solutions. The post Quick Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees is Not a Durable Solution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar’s Foreign Debt — The Big Picture

Check out these Infographics to see where the country’s more than $9.1 billion in borrowing comes from — and where the money goes. The post Myanmar’s Foreign Debt — The Big Picture appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar’s Foreign Debt — The Big Picture

Check out these Infographics to see where the country’s more than $9.1 billion in borrowing comes from — and where the money goes. The post Myanmar’s Foreign Debt — The Big Picture appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave: Navy SEAL Unit

«The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,» the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page. The post All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave: Navy SEAL Unit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave: Navy SEAL Unit

«The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,» the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page. The post All 13 Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave: Navy SEAL Unit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Charges Against Reporters Meant to Muzzle Press

Monday's court decision to charge two Reuters reporters is a clear sign that press freedom in Myanmar is dangerously on the wane. The free press has been warned. The post Charges Against Reporters Meant to Muzzle Press appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Charges Against Reporters Meant to Muzzle Press

Monday's court decision to charge two Reuters reporters is a clear sign that press freedom in Myanmar is dangerously on the wane. The free press has been warned. The post Charges Against Reporters Meant to Muzzle Press appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Wild Boars Coach ‘Ake’ and Resourceful Young Team Member Emerge as Heroes of Thai Cave Saga

Coach credited with group’s survival and boy who spoke to divers both have ties to Myanmar The post Wild Boars Coach ‘Ake’ and Resourceful Young Team Member Emerge as Heroes of Thai Cave Saga appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Wild Boars Coach ‘Ake’ and Resourceful Young Team Member Emerge as Heroes of Thai Cave Saga

Coach credited with group’s survival and boy who spoke to divers both have ties to Myanmar The post Wild Boars Coach ‘Ake’ and Resourceful Young Team Member Emerge as Heroes of Thai Cave Saga appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ethnic Armed Leaders to Meet State Counselor, Army Chief in Hope of Peace Process Breakthrough

Key leaders of seven ethnic armed groups based along Myanmar’s northern border will meet State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing. The post Ethnic Armed Leaders to Meet State Counselor, Army Chief in Hope of Peace
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Ethnic Armed Leaders to Meet State Counselor, Army Chief in Hope of Peace Process Breakthrough

Key leaders of seven ethnic armed groups based along Myanmar’s northern border will meet State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing. The post Ethnic Armed Leaders to Meet State Counselor, Army Chief in Hope of Peace Process Breakthrough appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

50 Dead in Accidents on Yangon-Mandalay Hwy in First Half of 2018

Traffic police said another 490 people were injured over the same period along what some have dubbed Myanmar's «death highway.» The post 50 Dead in Accidents on Yangon-Mandalay Hwy in First Half of 2018 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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50 Dead in Accidents on Yangon-Mandalay Hwy in First Half of 2018

Traffic police said another 490 people were injured over the same period along what some have dubbed Myanmar's «death highway.» The post 50 Dead in Accidents on Yangon-Mandalay Hwy in First Half of 2018 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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