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Cambodia to Curb Recruitment Fees in Bid to Protect Workers From Slavery Abroad

Phnom Penh finalizing plan to bring its recruitment law in line with Myanmar’s, Cambodian official says.
The Irrawaddy

Cambodia to Curb Recruitment Fees in Bid to Protect Workers From Slavery Abroad

Phnom Penh finalizing plan to bring its recruitment law in line with Myanmar’s, Cambodian official says.

From the Constitution to Religious Freedom: Has Myanmar Achieved Democracy?

This week, The Irrawaddy takes the pulse of Myanmar’s democracy, religious freedom and the military’s role in it all, with analyst U Maung Maung Soe and columnist Ko Wa.
The Irrawaddy

From the Constitution to Religious Freedom: Has Myanmar Achieved Democracy?

This week, The Irrawaddy takes the pulse of Myanmar’s democracy, religious freedom and the military’s role in it all, with analyst U Maung Maung Soe and columnist Ko Wa.

Ethnic Chin Oppose Plan for Statue of Myanmar Independence Hero

Chin State residents said a government plan to build a statue of General Aung San is wrong as long as ethnic conflict continues.
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Chin Oppose Plan for Statue of Myanmar Independence Hero

Chin State residents said a government plan to build a statue of General Aung San is wrong as long as ethnic conflict continues.

Chinese Charm Offensive Aims to Win Support for Giant Pipelines in Myanmar

China is screening pro-Chinese movies along the route of the proposed oil and gas pipelines to Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Charm Offensive Aims to Win Support for Giant Pipelines in Myanmar

China is screening pro-Chinese movies along the route of the proposed oil and gas pipelines to Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State.

Lawmaker Demands Probe Into Civilian Deaths in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

A Rakhine State MP has called for an inquiry into the spiraling number of civilian deaths during clashes between govt troops and the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy

Lawmaker Demands Probe Into Civilian Deaths in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

A Rakhine State MP has called for an inquiry into the spiraling number of civilian deaths during clashes between govt troops and the Arakan Army.

Karen Martyrs’ Day Case Shows Ethnic Rights in Retreat Under Present Myanmar Govt

The case against three Karen activists for using the word ‘Martyr’ sends a negative signal to all ethnic communities in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Karen Martyrs’ Day Case Shows Ethnic Rights in Retreat Under Present Myanmar Govt

The case against three Karen activists for using the word ‘Martyr’ sends a negative signal to all ethnic communities in Myanmar.

Karen State Vows to Tackle Chinese Influx Into Myawady After Brawl Erupts

YANGON—The Karen State immigration minister has vowed to crack down on what local residents say is an influx of illegal Chinese immigrants into Myawady, a town on the border with Thailand, following a brawl between Chinese citizens and local residents. The
The Irrawaddy

Karen State Vows to Tackle Chinese Influx Into Myawady After Brawl Erupts

YANGON—The Karen State immigration minister has vowed to crack down on what local residents say is an influx of illegal Chinese immigrants into Myawady, a town on the border with Thailand, following a brawl between Chinese citizens and local residents. The town has seen a surge in the number of Chinese immigrants over the past […]

Tight Competition Among Myanmar’s Indie Films at 9th Wathann Film Festival

Yangon’s Wathann Film Festival continues to attract an ever-higher caliber of talent as Myanmar’s independent film industry grows.
The Irrawaddy

Tight Competition Among Myanmar’s Indie Films at 9th Wathann Film Festival

Yangon’s Wathann Film Festival continues to attract an ever-higher caliber of talent as Myanmar’s independent film industry grows.

When Monks Led a Revolution in Myanmar

On This Day in 2007, Buddhist monks in cities around Myanmar held protests against the military government that lasted for weeks and became the Saffron Revolution.
The Irrawaddy

When Monks Led a Revolution in Myanmar

On This Day in 2007, Buddhist monks in cities around Myanmar held protests against the military government that lasted for weeks and became the Saffron Revolution.

Myanmar Deputy Police Chief Reportedly Quits Amid Outcry Over Toddler Rape Case

Officials deny reports that senior officer, who insisted on prosecuting a driver at the victim’s school, has resigned; the girl told a court two teen boys abused her.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Deputy Police Chief Reportedly Quits Amid Outcry Over Toddler Rape Case

Officials deny reports that senior officer, who insisted on prosecuting a driver at the victim’s school, has resigned; the girl told a court two teen boys abused her.

Myanmar Gov’t, Armed Groups Agree “In Principle” On Draft Ceasefire

The Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups have agreed on parts of a draft ceasefire, including pledges to end fighting, cooperate to help IDPs and hold further talks.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Gov’t, Armed Groups Agree “In Principle” On Draft Ceasefire

The Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups have agreed on parts of a draft ceasefire, including pledges to end fighting, cooperate to help IDPs and hold further talks.

Women Writing on Myanmar: There’s a Problem With How We Study Burma

The neglect of Myanmar scholarship by women and local authors impoverishes our understanding of the country; a new online resource seeks to address the problem.
The Irrawaddy

Women Writing on Myanmar: There’s a Problem With How We Study Burma

The neglect of Myanmar scholarship by women and local authors impoverishes our understanding of the country; a new online resource seeks to address the problem.

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Sues Facebook Users for Chief Minister Memes

The National League for Democracy in Mandalay has sued two Facebook users for allegedly defaming the regional chief minister, U Zaw Myint Maung.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Sues Facebook Users for Chief Minister Memes

The National League for Democracy in Mandalay has sued two Facebook users for allegedly defaming the regional chief minister, U Zaw Myint Maung.

Details Scarce on Funding, Planning for Flood Prevention at New Yangon City Project

Building dykes to protect the flood-prone site of the mega-project will cost an estimated $100 million—and that doesn’t cover the inevitable impact on surrounding areas.
The Irrawaddy

Details Scarce on Funding, Planning for Flood Prevention at New Yangon City Project

Building dykes to protect the flood-prone site of the mega-project will cost an estimated $100 million—and that doesn’t cover the inevitable impact on surrounding areas.

Mosques Reopen in Myanmar’s Magwe 10 Years After Bloody Riots

Magwe mosques have reopened after violence a decade ago as Senior General Min Aung Hlaing pledges to protect Myanmar’s religious freedom.
The Irrawaddy

Mosques Reopen in Myanmar’s Magwe 10 Years After Bloody Riots

Magwe mosques have reopened after violence a decade ago as Senior General Min Aung Hlaing pledges to protect Myanmar’s religious freedom.

The Deadly Bombing That Killed Myanmar’s First Foreign Minister

On This Day in 1948, Myanmar’s first foreign minister died after he was injured in a bombing on Sparks Street that remains unsolved to this day.
The Irrawaddy

The Deadly Bombing That Killed Myanmar’s First Foreign Minister

On This Day in 1948, Myanmar’s first foreign minister died after he was injured in a bombing on Sparks Street that remains unsolved to this day.

Democracy Activists Push US Congress to Pass Hong Kong Rights Bill

HK activists urge US legislators to pass bills that would require yearly review of trade privileges and pave way for sanctioning officials who undermine city’s autonomy.
The Irrawaddy

Democracy Activists Push US Congress to Pass Hong Kong Rights Bill

HK activists urge US legislators to pass bills that would require yearly review of trade privileges and pave way for sanctioning officials who undermine city’s autonomy.

In New Charm Offensive, Myanmar’s Military Chief Shows Political Skills

Is Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s display of religious tolerance pre-election maneuvering, or should the military’s calls for national unity be cause for optimism?
The Irrawaddy

In New Charm Offensive, Myanmar’s Military Chief Shows Political Skills

Is Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s display of religious tolerance pre-election maneuvering, or should the military’s calls for national unity be cause for optimism?

Myanmar Organic Poultry Farm Boss Named UN Sustainability Pioneer

A Yangon-based poultry farmer has been picked out by the United Nations as one of 10 entrepreneurs offering a model for sustainable development.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Organic Poultry Farm Boss Named UN Sustainability Pioneer

A Yangon-based poultry farmer has been picked out by the United Nations as one of 10 entrepreneurs offering a model for sustainable development.

Violence in Rakhine Escalates on Eve of Myanmar Peace Talks

The Myanmar army deployed helicopters in clashes with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State on Monday; an AA spokesperson warned this will cause fighting to intensify.
The Irrawaddy

Violence in Rakhine Escalates on Eve of Myanmar Peace Talks

The Myanmar army deployed helicopters in clashes with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State on Monday; an AA spokesperson warned this will cause fighting to intensify.

Myanmar Military Proposes Charter Change to Ban Ministers with Foreign Spouses, Children

Critics say draft bill seeks to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of govt if NLD wins another term in next year’s election; proposal covers Union ministers, chief ministers.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Proposes Charter Change to Ban Ministers with Foreign Spouses, Children

Critics say draft bill seeks to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of govt if NLD wins another term in next year’s election; proposal covers Union ministers, chief ministers.

Myanmar’s Karen Activists Challenge ‘Martyr’ Protest Charges

Three Karen activists say they will fight illegal gathering charges after unregistered Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Karen Activists Challenge ‘Martyr’ Protest Charges

Three Karen activists say they will fight illegal gathering charges after unregistered Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon.

Myanmar, China to Re-Demarcate Border Next Year, Minister Says

Aerial photography of boundary to begin in January; govt says demarcation must be complete before work can begin on economic cooperation zones in Shan, Kachin states.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar, China to Re-Demarcate Border Next Year, Minister Says

Aerial photography of boundary to begin in January; govt says demarcation must be complete before work can begin on economic cooperation zones in Shan, Kachin states.

Wild Elephants Destroy Crops, Home in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Region

A herd of wild elephants trampled crops and homes in Ngapudaw Township, Irrawaddy Region Monday. Experts say incidents like this are linked to declining elephant habitats.
The Irrawaddy

Wild Elephants Destroy Crops, Home in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Region

A herd of wild elephants trampled crops and homes in Ngapudaw Township, Irrawaddy Region Monday. Experts say incidents like this are linked to declining elephant habitats.

UN Says Rohingya Still in Myanmar Face ‘Threat of Genocide’

New report says continuing persecution makes return of refugees impossible; Myanmar envoy rejects claim, says govt’s Commission of Inquiry is still doing its work. 
The Irrawaddy

UN Says Rohingya Still in Myanmar Face ‘Threat of Genocide’

New report says continuing persecution makes return of refugees impossible; Myanmar envoy rejects claim, says govt’s Commission of Inquiry is still doing its work. 

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