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WTO Says Most US Tariffs Against China Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization has ruled that 25-percent tariffs imposed by the US on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports run counter to international trade rules.

Saffron Revolution: A Rangoon Diary

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2007 account of the protests and bloody crackdown by photojournalist Thierry Falise.
The Irrawaddy

Saffron Revolution: A Rangoon Diary

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2007 account of the protests and bloody crackdown by photojournalist Thierry Falise.

The Power Behind the Robe

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this analysis of the political power of the monkhood first published in October 2007.
The Irrawaddy

The Power Behind the Robe

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this analysis of the political power of the monkhood first published in October 2007.

Many Myanmar Migrants in Thailand To Be Denied Vote as Extra Polling Stations Ruled Out

Many Myanmar migrants in Thailand won’t be able to vote in the upcoming election, as polling stations outside Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been ruled out due to COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Many Myanmar Migrants in Thailand To Be Denied Vote as Extra Polling Stations Ruled Out

Many Myanmar migrants in Thailand won’t be able to vote in the upcoming election, as polling stations outside Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been ruled out due to COVID-19.

Myanmar Military Begins Treating Civilian COVID-19 Patients as Govt Facilities Struggle to Cope

The Tatmadaw has admitted 150 civilian COVID-19 patients at a military medical center in Yangon as government facilities struggle to cope with the soaring caseload.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Begins Treating Civilian COVID-19 Patients as Govt Facilities Struggle to Cope

The Tatmadaw has admitted 150 civilian COVID-19 patients at a military medical center in Yangon as government facilities struggle to cope with the soaring caseload.

Clothing Factories Forced to Close in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region After COVID-19 Cases

Four staff in Pathein factories have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing a two-week closure for all garment operations across the region.
The Irrawaddy

Clothing Factories Forced to Close in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region After COVID-19 Cases

Four staff in Pathein factories have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing a two-week closure for all garment operations across the region.

Rakhine Villagers Defy COVID-19 Lockdown to Flee Myanmar’s Military Offensive

Nearly 3,000 villagers have fled their homes after naval shelling and the threat of military raids in response to alleged action by the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy

Rakhine Villagers Defy COVID-19 Lockdown to Flee Myanmar’s Military Offensive

Nearly 3,000 villagers have fled their homes after naval shelling and the threat of military raids in response to alleged action by the Arakan Army.

Chinese Companies Flocking to Southern Myanmar’s Industrial Complex Megaproject

Chinese investors are far outpacing their Japanese and Thai counterparts in proposing projects for the $8-billion Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Companies Flocking to Southern Myanmar’s Industrial Complex Megaproject

Chinese investors are far outpacing their Japanese and Thai counterparts in proposing projects for the $8-billion Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region.

The Day the Leader of a Historic Challenge to British Rule Died

On this day 77 years ago Myanmar lost Thakin Pho Hla Gyi, a pivotal figure in the struggle for independence and workers’ rights, to cancer at the age of just 35.
The Irrawaddy

The Day the Leader of a Historic Challenge to British Rule Died

On this day 77 years ago Myanmar lost Thakin Pho Hla Gyi, a pivotal figure in the struggle for independence and workers’ rights, to cancer at the age of just 35.

Violence Erupts Shortly After Myanmar Political Parties Hit Campaign Trail

So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.
The Irrawaddy

Violence Erupts Shortly After Myanmar Political Parties Hit Campaign Trail

So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.

Indonesia to Start ‘Food Estate’ Project Despite Criticism

Jakarta is proceeding with a controversial program to plant more crops to ensure food security; critics say the plan repeats the failed strategies of the past.
The Irrawaddy

Indonesia to Start ‘Food Estate’ Project Despite Criticism

Jakarta is proceeding with a controversial program to plant more crops to ensure food security; critics say the plan repeats the failed strategies of the past.

Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Candidates in Myanmar’s Yangon Square Off in Online Debate

Three candidates cover a wide range of issues while spelling out their differences of opinion.
The Irrawaddy

Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Candidates in Myanmar’s Yangon Square Off in Online Debate

Three candidates cover a wide range of issues while spelling out their differences of opinion.

Thai Health Authorities Keeping a Close Eye on Myanmar

The Thai Department of Disease Control has warned local businesses not to hire foreign workers after 592 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Myanmar on Wednesday.
The Irrawaddy

Thai Health Authorities Keeping a Close Eye on Myanmar

The Thai Department of Disease Control has warned local businesses not to hire foreign workers after 592 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Myanmar on Wednesday.

China Taking Increasingly Aggressive Posture in Border Row With India

Emerging reports of a Chinese troop buildup along its disputed border with India remind us of the region’s bloody history.
The Irrawaddy

China Taking Increasingly Aggressive Posture in Border Row With India

Emerging reports of a Chinese troop buildup along its disputed border with India remind us of the region’s bloody history.

Fujifilm May Seek Approval for COVID-19 Drug Next Month

Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings is considering seeking approval for use of its drug Avigan to treat COVID-19 as early as October after it successfully eased patients’ symptoms.
The Irrawaddy

Fujifilm May Seek Approval for COVID-19 Drug Next Month

Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings is considering seeking approval for use of its drug Avigan to treat COVID-19 as early as October after it successfully eased patients’ symptoms.

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region Prepares Temporary Hospitals to Tackle Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ayeyarwady Region is preparing numerous temporary clinics as coronavirus cases rise to 143.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region Prepares Temporary Hospitals to Tackle Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ayeyarwady Region is preparing numerous temporary clinics as coronavirus cases rise to 143.

Economic Clouds Gathering on China’s Horizon

Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.
The Irrawaddy

Economic Clouds Gathering on China’s Horizon

Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.

Chinese Media Say Western Groups Paying Myanmar NGOs to Oppose Investment Projects

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Global Times has accused local groups opposed to Beijing’s megaprojects in Myanmar of spreading ‘Western propaganda’.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Media Say Western Groups Paying Myanmar NGOs to Oppose Investment Projects

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Global Times has accused local groups opposed to Beijing’s megaprojects in Myanmar of spreading ‘Western propaganda’.

US Coronavirus Deaths Exceed 200,000, University Reports

US President Donald Trump has faced renewed criticism of his handling of the coronavirus epidemic as the country’s death toll passed 200,000.
The Irrawaddy

US Coronavirus Deaths Exceed 200,000, University Reports

US President Donald Trump has faced renewed criticism of his handling of the coronavirus epidemic as the country’s death toll passed 200,000.

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Entry Ban to Allow Long-Term Stays

Japan plans to resume admitting foreigners for long-term stays from next month, but regular tourists will remain barred as a COVID-19 precaution.
The Irrawaddy

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Entry Ban to Allow Long-Term Stays

Japan plans to resume admitting foreigners for long-term stays from next month, but regular tourists will remain barred as a COVID-19 precaution.

For Myanmar Voters, the Election Is a Chance to Cast a Ballot for Democracy Itself

For most voters in Myanmar, election day is a chance not only to vote for their chosen candidates, but to express their rejection of the authoritarian rule of the past.
The Irrawaddy

For Myanmar Voters, the Election Is a Chance to Cast a Ballot for Democracy Itself

For most voters in Myanmar, election day is a chance not only to vote for their chosen candidates, but to express their rejection of the authoritarian rule of the past.

Myanmar Bans Restaurant Dining to Tackle COVID-19

President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay says all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as transmissions have been linked to restaurants.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Bans Restaurant Dining to Tackle COVID-19

President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay says all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as transmissions have been linked to restaurants.

Candidates From Four Parties in Myanmar’s Kachin State Face Off in Debate

Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.
The Irrawaddy

Candidates From Four Parties in Myanmar’s Kachin State Face Off in Debate

Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.

Man With Shady Background Behind a Political Party in Myanmar

The United Democratic Party is fielding more than 1,000 candidates in November’s election but its leader, U Kyaw Myint, has failed to answer questions about his past.
The Irrawaddy

Man With Shady Background Behind a Political Party in Myanmar

The United Democratic Party is fielding more than 1,000 candidates in November’s election but its leader, U Kyaw Myint, has failed to answer questions about his past.

India’s Taj Mahal Reopens to Visitors After More Than Six Months

India’s famed Taj Mahal monument has reopened to tourists, with special health precautions in place, after a six-month closure due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Irrawaddy

India’s Taj Mahal Reopens to Visitors After More Than Six Months

India’s famed Taj Mahal monument has reopened to tourists, with special health precautions in place, after a six-month closure due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Amending Myanmar’s Constitution: an Issue That Will Not Go Away

With the route through Parliament stymied, could the Union Accord provide a path toward negotiations that lead to meaningful change after the election?
The Irrawaddy

Amending Myanmar’s Constitution: an Issue That Will Not Go Away

With the route through Parliament stymied, could the Union Accord provide a path toward negotiations that lead to meaningful change after the election?

The Day Myanmar Officially Adopted Its National Anthem

On this day in 1947, Myanmar’s legislature, preparing for independence, adopted ‘Kaba Ma Kyei’ as the national anthem; flags have come and gone, but the song remains.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar Officially Adopted Its National Anthem

On this day in 1947, Myanmar’s legislature, preparing for independence, adopted ‘Kaba Ma Kyei’ as the national anthem; flags have come and gone, but the song remains.

Legendary Sherpa, 1st to Conquer Everest 10 Times, Dies at 72

Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to summit Mt. Everest 10 times—a feat he achieved without supplementary oxygen—has died at the age of 72.
The Irrawaddy

Legendary Sherpa, 1st to Conquer Everest 10 Times, Dies at 72

Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to summit Mt. Everest 10 times—a feat he achieved without supplementary oxygen—has died at the age of 72.

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