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Getting to Grips with ‘Suukyinomics’

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the government’s overall economic strategy. Beyond securing Chinese investment, what is the NLD doing to ensure that growth measures will benefit all? The post Getting to Grips with ‘Suukyinomics’ appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

Getting to Grips with ‘Suukyinomics’

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the government’s overall economic strategy. Beyond securing Chinese investment, what is the NLD doing to ensure that growth measures will benefit all? The post Getting to Grips with ‘Suukyinomics’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Environment in Focus at 11th Yangon Photo Festival

Exhibitions and photo essays by local, international photographers to sound alarm over threats to the planet The post Environment in Focus at 11th Yangon Photo Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Environment in Focus at 11th Yangon Photo Festival

Exhibitions and photo essays by local, international photographers to sound alarm over threats to the planet The post Environment in Focus at 11th Yangon Photo Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rakhine State Lawmaker Suggests Union Govt Talk to AA to End Fighting

State legislators agreed to debate a proposal that would urge the Union government to find a way to end the fighting between the Myanmar military and AA in northern Rakhine. The post Rakhine State Lawmaker Suggests Union Govt Talk to AA to End Fighting appear
The Irrawaddy

Rakhine State Lawmaker Suggests Union Govt Talk to AA to End Fighting

State legislators agreed to debate a proposal that would urge the Union government to find a way to end the fighting between the Myanmar military and AA in northern Rakhine. The post Rakhine State Lawmaker Suggests Union Govt Talk to AA to End Fighting appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Seven University Students Jailed in Connection with Effigy Burnings

Students at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University demand tighter campus security The post Seven University Students Jailed in Connection with Effigy Burnings appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Seven University Students Jailed in Connection with Effigy Burnings

Students at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University demand tighter campus security The post Seven University Students Jailed in Connection with Effigy Burnings appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Slow Progress on Access to Sex Education Frustrates Experts

Stigmatization of condom use remains a problem; maternal mortality rate still unacceptably high The post Slow Progress on Access to Sex Education Frustrates Experts appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Slow Progress on Access to Sex Education Frustrates Experts

Stigmatization of condom use remains a problem; maternal mortality rate still unacceptably high The post Slow Progress on Access to Sex Education Frustrates Experts appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Latest Refugees From Myanmar Stranded in Bangladesh, Volunteer Group Says

More than 200 refugees from Chin State taking shelter in Bangladesh are receiving no government support and being ordered to leave, according to a volunteer aid group. The post Latest Refugees From Myanmar Stranded in Bangladesh, Volunteer Group Says appeare
The Irrawaddy

Latest Refugees From Myanmar Stranded in Bangladesh, Volunteer Group Says

More than 200 refugees from Chin State taking shelter in Bangladesh are receiving no government support and being ordered to leave, according to a volunteer aid group. The post Latest Refugees From Myanmar Stranded in Bangladesh, Volunteer Group Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Two Sentenced to Death for Killing NLD Lawyer U Ko Ni

Gunman, conspirator get death penalty; two accomplices handed jail terms in 2017 shooting death The post Two Sentenced to Death for Killing NLD Lawyer U Ko Ni appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Two Sentenced to Death for Killing NLD Lawyer U Ko Ni

Gunman, conspirator get death penalty; two accomplices handed jail terms in 2017 shooting death The post Two Sentenced to Death for Killing NLD Lawyer U Ko Ni appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Healing Power of Painting

After 40 years as a doctor, Daw Khin May Kyi has swapped her stethoscope for brushes and pencils. Her latest solo exhibition opens in Yangon this week. The post The Healing Power of Painting appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The Healing Power of Painting

After 40 years as a doctor, Daw Khin May Kyi has swapped her stethoscope for brushes and pencils. Her latest solo exhibition opens in Yangon this week. The post The Healing Power of Painting appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

E.U. Honors Myanmar Rights Defenders, Including Jailed Peace Activist

The 2019 Schuman Awards went to jailed Kachin community leader Daw Nang Pu, aid worker U Aung Kyaw Moe and lawyer U Robert Sann Aung. The post E.U. Honors Myanmar Rights Defenders, Including Jailed Peace Activist appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

E.U. Honors Myanmar Rights Defenders, Including Jailed Peace Activist

The 2019 Schuman Awards went to jailed Kachin community leader Daw Nang Pu, aid worker U Aung Kyaw Moe and lawyer U Robert Sann Aung. The post E.U. Honors Myanmar Rights Defenders, Including Jailed Peace Activist appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Infographic: The Suu Kyi Government’s Performance in Numbers

The Irrawaddy charts the fluctuations in Myanmar's key economic and social indicators—GDP, FDI, current account, trade volume and inflation, as well as rankings in corruption, press freedom and political rights—from the previous administration to the pre
The Irrawaddy

Infographic: The Suu Kyi Government’s Performance in Numbers

The Irrawaddy charts the fluctuations in Myanmar's key economic and social indicators—GDP, FDI, current account, trade volume and inflation, as well as rankings in corruption, press freedom and political rights—from the previous administration to the present.  The post Infographic: The Suu Kyi Government’s Performance in Numbers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gen. Aung San Statues Are Costing NLD Political Support in Ethnic States

Activists say the ruling party’s refusal to heed local sensitivities is already taking a toll The post Gen. Aung San Statues Are Costing NLD Political Support in Ethnic States appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Gen. Aung San Statues Are Costing NLD Political Support in Ethnic States

Activists say the ruling party’s refusal to heed local sensitivities is already taking a toll The post Gen. Aung San Statues Are Costing NLD Political Support in Ethnic States appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Tanintharyi to ‘Discipline’ Local Officials

A crowd met the state counselor in Myeik with signs urging her to sack the local chief minister and regional NLD chief, who they accuse of corruption and nepotism. The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Tanintharyi to ‘Discipline’ Local Officials appear
The Irrawaddy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Tanintharyi to ‘Discipline’ Local Officials

A crowd met the state counselor in Myeik with signs urging her to sack the local chief minister and regional NLD chief, who they accuse of corruption and nepotism. The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Tanintharyi to ‘Discipline’ Local Officials appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Recovers ‘Important’ Equipment Seized by Shan Rebel Group

The military says RCSS members seized equipment travelling with two commanders while collecting money from motorists in eastern Shan State on Tuesday. The post Military Recovers ‘Important’ Equipment Seized by Shan Rebel Group appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

Military Recovers ‘Important’ Equipment Seized by Shan Rebel Group

The military says RCSS members seized equipment travelling with two commanders while collecting money from motorists in eastern Shan State on Tuesday. The post Military Recovers ‘Important’ Equipment Seized by Shan Rebel Group appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

More Than 1,000 Flee Latest Fighting Between Rival Armed Groups in Shan State

“I don’t want to see fighting. I want to live a peaceful life. I am not afraid of soldiers, but I am afraid of guns,” said Daw Khin Mar Swe, the headmistress of Nanpyin Village. The post More Than 1,000 Flee Latest Fighting Between Rival Armed Groups i
The Irrawaddy

More Than 1,000 Flee Latest Fighting Between Rival Armed Groups in Shan State

“I don’t want to see fighting. I want to live a peaceful life. I am not afraid of soldiers, but I am afraid of guns,” said Daw Khin Mar Swe, the headmistress of Nanpyin Village. The post More Than 1,000 Flee Latest Fighting Between Rival Armed Groups in Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar’s First Signature Watch Sports a Vintage Flair

Mandalay Watch brand of quality timepieces finds success online and plans to expand The post Myanmar’s First Signature Watch Sports a Vintage Flair appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s First Signature Watch Sports a Vintage Flair

Mandalay Watch brand of quality timepieces finds success online and plans to expand The post Myanmar’s First Signature Watch Sports a Vintage Flair appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

USDP Proposes Single Amendment to Constitution

The military-backed USDP wants just one change to the charter, and it has nothing to do with curbing the special privileges it grants the armed forces. The post USDP Proposes Single Amendment to Constitution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

USDP Proposes Single Amendment to Constitution

The military-backed USDP wants just one change to the charter, and it has nothing to do with curbing the special privileges it grants the armed forces. The post USDP Proposes Single Amendment to Constitution appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

EU Trade Threat Could Make Cambodian Factories Worse For Workers: Unions

«We cannot depend on any authority or any procedures inside the country to protect the rights of workers,» said Sar Mora, president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions. The post EU Trade Threat Could Make Cambodian Factories Worse For Worker
The Irrawaddy

EU Trade Threat Could Make Cambodian Factories Worse For Workers: Unions

«We cannot depend on any authority or any procedures inside the country to protect the rights of workers,» said Sar Mora, president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions. The post EU Trade Threat Could Make Cambodian Factories Worse For Workers: Unions appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Asia’s ‘Gay Netflix’ to Woo Indian Audiences in 2019

Asia's first LGBT+ video streaming platform plans to expand this year into India, its founder said on Wednesday, following the 1.3 billion-strong country's legalization of gay sex. The post Asia’s ‘Gay Netflix’ to Woo Indian Audiences in 201
The Irrawaddy

Asia’s ‘Gay Netflix’ to Woo Indian Audiences in 2019

Asia's first LGBT+ video streaming platform plans to expand this year into India, its founder said on Wednesday, following the 1.3 billion-strong country's legalization of gay sex. The post Asia’s ‘Gay Netflix’ to Woo Indian Audiences in 2019 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Nine Bodies from Boat that Sank Near Rakhine Island Found

Ten victims of Monday’s disaster in Manaung Township still missing The post Nine Bodies from Boat that Sank Near Rakhine Island Found appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Nine Bodies from Boat that Sank Near Rakhine Island Found

Ten victims of Monday’s disaster in Manaung Township still missing The post Nine Bodies from Boat that Sank Near Rakhine Island Found appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

World Kachin Congress Awards Jailed Peace Activists

The group has given its first Kachin human rights awards to three Kachin community leaders serving six-month jail sentences over an anti-war protest. The post World Kachin Congress Awards Jailed Peace Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

World Kachin Congress Awards Jailed Peace Activists

The group has given its first Kachin human rights awards to three Kachin community leaders serving six-month jail sentences over an anti-war protest. The post World Kachin Congress Awards Jailed Peace Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Village Head Shot Dead at His Home in Rakhine State

Police looking for 2 men seen leaving home of GAD official in Minbya Township The post Village Head Shot Dead at His Home in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Village Head Shot Dead at His Home in Rakhine State

Police looking for 2 men seen leaving home of GAD official in Minbya Township The post Village Head Shot Dead at His Home in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

AA Chief Vows to Set Up HQ in Rakhine State Soon

In video address, he urges Arakanese everywhere to return to Rakhine and join ‘revolution’ The post AA Chief Vows to Set Up HQ in Rakhine State Soon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

AA Chief Vows to Set Up HQ in Rakhine State Soon

In video address, he urges Arakanese everywhere to return to Rakhine and join ‘revolution’ The post AA Chief Vows to Set Up HQ in Rakhine State Soon appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Kokang Rebel Group Denies Military’s Conscription Claims

The military clams the ethnic armed group is conscripting locals in northern Shan State. The group's spokesman says that's a lie and that locals are joining its ranks voluntarily. The post Kokang Rebel Group Denies Military’s Conscription Claims appeare
The Irrawaddy

Kokang Rebel Group Denies Military’s Conscription Claims

The military clams the ethnic armed group is conscripting locals in northern Shan State. The group's spokesman says that's a lie and that locals are joining its ranks voluntarily. The post Kokang Rebel Group Denies Military’s Conscription Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cases Dropped Against 55 Karenni Anti-Statue Activists

Protesters agree to negotiate with statue committee for one month, suspend rallies at park housing monument to Gen. Aung San The post Cases Dropped Against 55 Karenni Anti-Statue Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Cases Dropped Against 55 Karenni Anti-Statue Activists

Protesters agree to negotiate with statue committee for one month, suspend rallies at park housing monument to Gen. Aung San The post Cases Dropped Against 55 Karenni Anti-Statue Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Bangladesh Steps Up Patrols to Stop Rohingya Risking Boat Trips to Malaysia

At least 150 Rohingya believed to have been preparing for the journey, mostly women and children, have been caught since November, according to local authorities. The post Bangladesh Steps Up Patrols to Stop Rohingya Risking Boat Trips to Malaysia appeared fi
The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh Steps Up Patrols to Stop Rohingya Risking Boat Trips to Malaysia

At least 150 Rohingya believed to have been preparing for the journey, mostly women and children, have been caught since November, according to local authorities. The post Bangladesh Steps Up Patrols to Stop Rohingya Risking Boat Trips to Malaysia appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmers

«It's about improving access of smallholder farmers to knowledge, technology and capital,» said Ben Warren, head of strategy and finance at Proximity Designs. The post With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmer
The Irrawaddy

With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmers

«It's about improving access of smallholder farmers to knowledge, technology and capital,» said Ben Warren, head of strategy and finance at Proximity Designs. The post With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Princess Apologizes After Being Disqualified From PM Run

The Election Commission said members of the royal family should stay above politics, echoing a sharp rebuke from the king that her bid was «inappropriate» and unconstitutional. The post Thai Princess Apologizes After Being Disqualified From PM Ru
The Irrawaddy

Thai Princess Apologizes After Being Disqualified From PM Run

The Election Commission said members of the royal family should stay above politics, echoing a sharp rebuke from the king that her bid was «inappropriate» and unconstitutional. The post Thai Princess Apologizes After Being Disqualified From PM Run appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

French National Detained for Flying Drone near Union Parliament

Police open case under Export and Import Law; detainee says he wanted to film ‘beautiful’ road outside Parliament The post French National Detained for Flying Drone near Union Parliament appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

French National Detained for Flying Drone near Union Parliament

Police open case under Export and Import Law; detainee says he wanted to film ‘beautiful’ road outside Parliament The post French National Detained for Flying Drone near Union Parliament appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Foreshadows Peace Dividend on Union Day Anniversary

“I firmly believe that when we achieve peace throughout the country, we can see the development of our states and regions in a short time,” U Win Myint said. The post President Foreshadows Peace Dividend on Union Day Anniversary appeared first on The Irra
The Irrawaddy

President Foreshadows Peace Dividend on Union Day Anniversary

“I firmly believe that when we achieve peace throughout the country, we can see the development of our states and regions in a short time,” U Win Myint said. The post President Foreshadows Peace Dividend on Union Day Anniversary appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Duo Marks 104th Birthday of Gen. Aung San With Art Show

Mingalarpar 104 will showcase more than 50 works about the independence hero by artists MPP Ye Myint and Han Kyaw Moe at the We Creation gallery through Sunday. The post Duo Marks 104th Birthday of Gen. Aung San With Art Show appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Duo Marks 104th Birthday of Gen. Aung San With Art Show

Mingalarpar 104 will showcase more than 50 works about the independence hero by artists MPP Ye Myint and Han Kyaw Moe at the We Creation gallery through Sunday. The post Duo Marks 104th Birthday of Gen. Aung San With Art Show appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Many Arakanese Embrace AA’s Presence

For some, an increase in clashes with the Tatmadaw is a fair price to pay for having a locally based armed force fighting for their rights. The post Many Arakanese Embrace AA’s Presence appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Many Arakanese Embrace AA’s Presence

For some, an increase in clashes with the Tatmadaw is a fair price to pay for having a locally based armed force fighting for their rights. The post Many Arakanese Embrace AA’s Presence appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Hundreds More Flee Fighting in Northern Rakhine Over Weekend

More than 500 people fled their homes after fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army skirted their village, a local official and resident said. The post Hundreds More Flee Fighting in Northern Rakhine Over Weekend appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Hundreds More Flee Fighting in Northern Rakhine Over Weekend

More than 500 people fled their homes after fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army skirted their village, a local official and resident said. The post Hundreds More Flee Fighting in Northern Rakhine Over Weekend appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Namtu River Villagers Urge Foreign Firms to Cancel Participation in Dams

French company Engie’s decision to pull out of Upper Yeywa Dam sets good example, they say The post Namtu River Villagers Urge Foreign Firms to Cancel Participation in Dams appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Namtu River Villagers Urge Foreign Firms to Cancel Participation in Dams

French company Engie’s decision to pull out of Upper Yeywa Dam sets good example, they say The post Namtu River Villagers Urge Foreign Firms to Cancel Participation in Dams appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Election Commission to Rule on Princess Running For PM After King’s Rebuke

The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party that stunned the nation by nominating her for the role. The post Thai Election Commission to Rule on Princess Running For PM After King’s Rebuke appeared first on The Irrawa
The Irrawaddy

Thai Election Commission to Rule on Princess Running For PM After King’s Rebuke

The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party that stunned the nation by nominating her for the role. The post Thai Election Commission to Rule on Princess Running For PM After King’s Rebuke appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mall or Park? In Crowded Bangkok, ‘Last’ Open Space Stirs Debate

«This could be Bangkok's own Central Park. What can be a better use of the land?» said Pongkwan Lassus, an architect and designer. The post Mall or Park? In Crowded Bangkok, ‘Last’ Open Space Stirs Debate appeared first on The Irrawadd
The Irrawaddy

Mall or Park? In Crowded Bangkok, ‘Last’ Open Space Stirs Debate

«This could be Bangkok's own Central Park. What can be a better use of the land?» said Pongkwan Lassus, an architect and designer. The post Mall or Park? In Crowded Bangkok, ‘Last’ Open Space Stirs Debate appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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