A person believed to be have been contaminated with radiation wrapped in a blanket in Fukushima prefecture

Meltdown alert at Japan reactor

Engineers race to cool down a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, after a second blast rocks the facility.

EU Wants Burmese Refugees to Stand on Own Feet

By THE IRRAWADDY
Empowerment training will help displaced people support themselves as traditional aid is cut back.

Burmese in Japan Prepare for Further Disasters

By BA KAUNG
The threat of aftershocks and nuclear radiation in the coming days remains strong in the wake of Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The Irrawaddy Hacked

By KO HTWE
Hackers break into the English-language website and post two fake articles.

Maung Aye: Not Just Standing in the Shadows

By THE IRRAWADDY
Known to most only as Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s sidekick, Burma’s No 2 general actually commands considerable influence within the military, and has even been known to use it to defy his boss.

Jealousies Divide ‘United’ Junta

By WAI MOE
Internal rifts within Burma’s military hierarchy over business interests have left some high-ranking officers out in the cold.
SLIDE SHOW

Survivors of 2004 Tsunami Shaken by Japan Disaster
By FAKHRURRADZIE GADE
Survivors of the 2004 tsunami that started off Indonesia sat glued to their TV sets, stroking each other’s hands, as images of last Friday’s disaster in northern Japan flashed repeatedly across the screen.

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ Rally in Show of Strength
By GRANT PECK
Tens of thousands of anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters rallied Saturday in Thailand’s capital in a show of strength as the country prepares for an electoral battle.

Burmese MPs Question, Get Stonewalled by Ministers
By HTET AUNG
Members of Burma’s new parliament are finally able to question government ministers and discuss legislative proposals, but in almost all instances are met with a mound of data and firm ‘No.’

Without costly remedies, Inle Lake could dry up again

inle-lake-shan1sBurma’s Inle Lake in Shan State might dry up again for a second year because of little progress on …


 

Denmark, Latvia support UN commission of inquiry

Wai-Hnin-leads-the-people-in-London-sLondon-based Burma Campaign UK announced on Thursday that Denmark and Latvia have joined 10 other …

 

For the second time, Moulmein students protest electricity cuts

cars-and-lights-sAfter students protested over electrical power cuts at night in Moulmein, the authorities have begun …


Truck overturns in Chin State, five die

Bus-overturns-sFailed breaks on a dangerous stretch of road caused a fatal accident when a truck carrying passengers …


Who will benefit from the Dawei industrial zone?

Thilawa-Port-s(Business commentary) The Burmese people have heard it all before. Back during the era of …


 

Storm in Rangoon damages homes in three townships

raining-storm-yagoon-ssAn estimated 150 houses were damaged by strong winds in three townships in Rangoon on Friday, …


80 refugees left homeless after fire in Karenni camp

Mae-La-refugee-camp2sNineteen houses were damaged and 80 people left homeless when a fire swept through the No.1 Karenni …

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Cyber war breaks new ground

Editor of Irrawaddy news group suspicious of hacker with ‘intelligence on the ground’ after organisation’s website is broken into

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Parties lobby EU for end to sanctions

National Democratic Force puts name to letter calling on EU to recognise post-election Burma ‘evolution’ as justifying an end to embargo

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Gem fair sees jade prices soar 10-fold

Rising prices for precious Burmese stone largely down to Chinese buyers, suggesting that the US-sanctioned industry is bouyant

Opinion & Analysis

Progress is stifled by a stale debate

ELLIOTT PRASSE-FREEMAN

Only the Burmese opposition can re-invest sanctions with a political meaning that has largely been drained from them over the years