Myanmar



Myanmar’s Election Body Faces Crisis of Confidence Ahead of Election

Numerous unanswered questions have arisen surrounded the way the Union Election Commission is running the November 8 general election.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Election Body Faces Crisis of Confidence Ahead of Election

Numerous unanswered questions have arisen surrounded the way the Union Election Commission is running the November 8 general election.

‘The People Will Decide if Myanmar’s Election Is Free and Fair’

The head of the NLD’s Naypyitaw chapter discusses the intense electoral battle for control of the capital, campaigning amid COVID-19 and the challenge of military voters.
The Irrawaddy

‘The People Will Decide if Myanmar’s Election Is Free and Fair’

The head of the NLD’s Naypyitaw chapter discusses the intense electoral battle for control of the capital, campaigning amid COVID-19 and the challenge of military voters.

Myanmar Reaches 98% of Foreign Investment Target in FY2020 Despite COVID-19

Declaring the NLD’s economic reforms are yielding results, the State Counselor said Myanmar attracted nearly $5.7 billion in FDI in FY2020—98% of the government’s target.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Reaches 98% of Foreign Investment Target in FY2020 Despite COVID-19

Declaring the NLD’s economic reforms are yielding results, the State Counselor said Myanmar attracted nearly $5.7 billion in FDI in FY2020—98% of the government’s target.

China Punishes US Entities as Retaliation for Arms Sales to Taiwan

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon are among the US companies China says it will hit with sanctions over Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan.
The Irrawaddy

China Punishes US Entities as Retaliation for Arms Sales to Taiwan

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon are among the US companies China says it will hit with sanctions over Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan.

Thai PM Endorses Charter Rewrite as Students March to German Embassy

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to accelerate the parliamentary process to rewrite the constitution in the face of growing anti-government protests.
The Irrawaddy

Thai PM Endorses Charter Rewrite as Students March to German Embassy

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to accelerate the parliamentary process to rewrite the constitution in the face of growing anti-government protests.

China’s Top Leaders Meet to Lay Out Five-Year Economic Plan

The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have begun a four-day meeting to lay out a five-year economic plan to take effect next year.
The Irrawaddy

China’s Top Leaders Meet to Lay Out Five-Year Economic Plan

The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have begun a four-day meeting to lay out a five-year economic plan to take effect next year.

Myanmar Receives 16 Proposals for New Yangon City Project

Sixteen international proposals have been submitted for the New Yangon City project to challenge the bid by the China Communications Construction Co.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Receives 16 Proposals for New Yangon City Project

Sixteen international proposals have been submitted for the New Yangon City project to challenge the bid by the China Communications Construction Co.

Myanmar’s New COVID-19 Cases Decrease in Yangon but Climb Outside City

The rate of COVID-19 infections is easing in Yangon but increasing elsewhere, with Rakhine, Bago, Mandalay and Ayeyarwady seeing between 20 and 100 new cases a day.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s New COVID-19 Cases Decrease in Yangon but Climb Outside City

The rate of COVID-19 infections is easing in Yangon but increasing elsewhere, with Rakhine, Bago, Mandalay and Ayeyarwady seeing between 20 and 100 new cases a day.

NLD Supporter Dies After Clash Ahead of Myanmar’s Election

A man died after a clash between rival Union Solidarity and Development Party and National League for Democracy supporters in Sagaing Region.
The Irrawaddy

NLD Supporter Dies After Clash Ahead of Myanmar’s Election

A man died after a clash between rival Union Solidarity and Development Party and National League for Democracy supporters in Sagaing Region.

Incoming Myanmar Govt Must Tackle Chinese Casino Haven in Myawaddy

The presence of a Chinese-backed gambling and illicit trade hub in Karen State makes a mockery of Myanmar’s sovereignty; the incoming government must clean it up.
The Irrawaddy

Incoming Myanmar Govt Must Tackle Chinese Casino Haven in Myawaddy

The presence of a Chinese-backed gambling and illicit trade hub in Karen State makes a mockery of Myanmar’s sovereignty; the incoming government must clean it up.

Taiwan’s Inclusion in Post-COVID-19 Global Public Health Network Deserves Support

Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response shows it is an integral part of the global health network. To recover better, WHO needs Taiwan, the island’s health minister writes.
The Irrawaddy

Taiwan’s Inclusion in Post-COVID-19 Global Public Health Network Deserves Support

Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response shows it is an integral part of the global health network. To recover better, WHO needs Taiwan, the island’s health minister writes.

Myanmar Military’s Advance Votes Discounted for Violating Electoral Law

Election officials in Yangon have rejected ballots from 58 military personnel, saying they breach electoral law for arriving in unsealed envelopes.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military’s Advance Votes Discounted for Violating Electoral Law

Election officials in Yangon have rejected ballots from 58 military personnel, saying they breach electoral law for arriving in unsealed envelopes.

Members of Dissolved UDP Back Myanmar Military’s Proxy Party

The Tatmadaw-backed USDP is getting a pre-election boost in parts of the country as supporters of the defunct UDP throw their weight behind the former ruling party.
The Irrawaddy

Members of Dissolved UDP Back Myanmar Military’s Proxy Party

The Tatmadaw-backed USDP is getting a pre-election boost in parts of the country as supporters of the defunct UDP throw their weight behind the former ruling party.

The Sinners Against Myanmar’s Elections

They had many accomplices, but we can lay the worst sins that have been committed against Myanmar’s democracy over the past six decades squarely at the feet of three men.
The Irrawaddy

The Sinners Against Myanmar’s Elections

They had many accomplices, but we can lay the worst sins that have been committed against Myanmar’s democracy over the past six decades squarely at the feet of three men.

Military and USDP Play Nationalism Card Ahead of Myanmar’s Election

While the military chief faced complaints, its proxy party is recycling its old divisive tactics in the campaign, skirting election law prohibitions.
The Irrawaddy

Military and USDP Play Nationalism Card Ahead of Myanmar’s Election

While the military chief faced complaints, its proxy party is recycling its old divisive tactics in the campaign, skirting election law prohibitions.

No End in Sight for India’s Naga Peace Talks as Rebels Harden Stand on Flag, Constitution

India’s peace talks with the NSCN (I-M) are looking more fragile than ever amid distrust of the government’s interlocutor and New Delhi’s overtures to other groups.
The Irrawaddy

No End in Sight for India’s Naga Peace Talks as Rebels Harden Stand on Flag, Constitution

India’s peace talks with the NSCN (I-M) are looking more fragile than ever amid distrust of the government’s interlocutor and New Delhi’s overtures to other groups.

India to Allow Entry of Foreign Visitors, Except Tourists

India has decided to relax its COVID-19 restrictions to allow foreign nationals to enter for business, employment, studies, research and other non-tourist purposes.
The Irrawaddy

India to Allow Entry of Foreign Visitors, Except Tourists

India has decided to relax its COVID-19 restrictions to allow foreign nationals to enter for business, employment, studies, research and other non-tourist purposes.

Chin State NGO Accuses AA of Extorting Rice from Hungry Villagers in Western Myanmar

Paletwa in Chin State has been blocked off by fighting and the Chin Human Rights Organization says villagers are forced to feed rebel troops.
The Irrawaddy

Chin State NGO Accuses AA of Extorting Rice from Hungry Villagers in Western Myanmar

Paletwa in Chin State has been blocked off by fighting and the Chin Human Rights Organization says villagers are forced to feed rebel troops.

Thai PM Set to Lift State of Emergency as Concession to Protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would end the current state of emergency if there is no violence; demonstration leaders continued to demand his resignation.
The Irrawaddy

Thai PM Set to Lift State of Emergency as Concession to Protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would end the current state of emergency if there is no violence; demonstration leaders continued to demand his resignation.

Myanmar’s NLD Calls for Release of Three Candidates Abducted by AA in Rakhine

The NLD has demanded the AA release three ruling party candidates kidnapped in Rakhine State, saying the trio were campaigning in line with the law and COVID-19 rules.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s NLD Calls for Release of Three Candidates Abducted by AA in Rakhine

The NLD has demanded the AA release three ruling party candidates kidnapped in Rakhine State, saying the trio were campaigning in line with the law and COVID-19 rules.

Myanmar’s Election Body Confesses Sloppy Checks on Disgraced Party Leader

Myanmar’s Union Election Commission says it did not properly scrutinize U Kyaw Myint when he set up his now-disbanded United Democratic Party.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Election Body Confesses Sloppy Checks on Disgraced Party Leader

Myanmar’s Union Election Commission says it did not properly scrutinize U Kyaw Myint when he set up his now-disbanded United Democratic Party.

Myanmar’s Election Commission Defends Choice of No-Vote Areas After Criticism

The Election Commission has defended its choice of no-vote areas, saying it consulted security-related ministries and the military; it said some areas are under review.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Election Commission Defends Choice of No-Vote Areas After Criticism

The Election Commission has defended its choice of no-vote areas, saying it consulted security-related ministries and the military; it said some areas are under review.

Myanmar’s Free Funeral Service Founder hit by COVID-19

U Kyaw Thu, the 60-year-old founder of the prominent Yangon-based social welfare organization, has tested positive for coronavirus along with two of his colleagues.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Free Funeral Service Founder hit by COVID-19

U Kyaw Thu, the 60-year-old founder of the prominent Yangon-based social welfare organization, has tested positive for coronavirus along with two of his colleagues.

Artillery Shell Kills Boy in Former Myanmar Tourist Hotspot Mrauk-U

Fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military is driving thousands of civilians from their homes across Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy

Artillery Shell Kills Boy in Former Myanmar Tourist Hotspot Mrauk-U

Fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military is driving thousands of civilians from their homes across Rakhine State.

Students Face Prosecution for Protest Against Rakhine Govt, Myanmar Military in Sittwe

Police in Sittwe have opened a sedition case against four students who protested the actions of the government and military in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy

Students Face Prosecution for Protest Against Rakhine Govt, Myanmar Military in Sittwe

Police in Sittwe have opened a sedition case against four students who protested the actions of the government and military in Rakhine State.

Thai Parliament to Hold Special Session to Ease Political Tension

Thailand’s parliament will hold a special session to address concerns raised by protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister and reform of the monarchy.
The Irrawaddy

Thai Parliament to Hold Special Session to Ease Political Tension

Thailand’s parliament will hold a special session to address concerns raised by protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister and reform of the monarchy.

Huawei Extends Cloud Services to Myanmar as Firms Go Digital

The Chinese tech giant is helping several major companies in Myanmar through their transition into the digital era amid fears over cybersecurity.
The Irrawaddy

Huawei Extends Cloud Services to Myanmar as Firms Go Digital

The Chinese tech giant is helping several major companies in Myanmar through their transition into the digital era amid fears over cybersecurity.

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