The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Leading Newsmagazine

In the August 2015 print edition of The Irrawaddy magazine…

2015 Polls: The Countdown Begins

With preparations for Myanmar’s November election in full swing, our cover package examines the likelihood of a credible poll, its ramifications and the views of officials from five major political parties.



In Person: National League for Democracy patron U Tin Oo

Viewpoint: Reporting on the recent controversy over development near the Shwedagon Pagoda


The Angry River

The Salween River looks deceptively peaceful as it passes through karst-studded lands in Kayin State

Hidden Troubles

Female drug users face extra stigma, are often invisible and receive little help

Together, Apart

At a century-old private hospital, people living with leprosy find support and friendship


Development: Min Banyar San on business aspirations in his native Mon State

Opinion: Time to set the kyat free and renounce old policies of ‘command and control’

Land rights: Business is booming in Shan State’s Muse, but so are land disputes


Destinations: Colorful coral and flying fish are among the joys of a journey in the Myeik archipelago

Culture: The golden era for comic books has ended, but nostalgia for well-loved characters lives on

Restaurant: Versatility meets quality in a popular dining spot in Kachin State’s Myitkyina