By   Religion Minister Raises Concerns Over Pagoda-Crazed Monk

Burma’s religious affairs minister worries that one monk’s recent spree of pagoda-building on other faiths’ lands is fueling religious tensions in Karen State.

By   Villagers Pinned Down by Landslides, Floods in Northern Kachin State

Landslides and flooding have destroyed hundreds of houses in Kachin State’s Chipwi Township, with rescue personnel struggling to reach the affected population.

By   Lashio Residents Hope Slashings Will Stop After Drug Bust

A major drug bust in Lashio, Shan State, results in 46 arrests, bringing hope to citizens recently terrorized by assailants armed with machetes and swords.

By   No Quick Return for Border Refugees Despite High Hopes for NLD Era

Repatriation of refugees along the Thai-Burma border was discussed recently during a meeting of stakeholders, but there remains no firm timetable on a large-scale return.

By   Nobel Laureate Urges Modi to Curb Child Slavery as India Reels from Drought

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to India’s prime minister to ensure children are not trafficked in the face of the worst drought in decades.

By   Tough-Talking Mayor Keeps Poll Lead a Week Before Philippine Elections

A tough-talking mayor running for president of the Philippines has kept his double-digit lead five days before elections, despite allegations of corruption.

By   Bangkok Temple Now a Venerated Site for Leicester City Fans

Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s Thai fans.

By   Massacre Survivors Give Indonesian Govt List of Mass Graves

Survivors of Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in 1965 have submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government.

By   Burma Thirsts for Bottled Water, But Quality Leaves Bad Taste

Rising demand for purified drinking water in Burma has led to a proliferation of brands, some of which are unlicensed and lacking hygiene standards.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (April 30, 2016)

Domestic aviation sector “unsustainable,” says report; tripling of exports envisaged; new telecoms operator coming together; Telenor sees steady growth; and Americans eye Burmese coffee.


Dozens of workers from a plywood factory in Sagaing Industrial Zone march to Naypyidaw to protest for labor rights, after a dispute over working hours.

By   Rangoon’s Strand Hotel to Close for Major Facelift

Rangoon’s iconic colonial-era hotel closes for six months on May 1 to undergo extensive renovations, the first in more than 20 years.

By   ‘Drug-Addicted People Should Not Be Treated as Criminals’

Dr. Nang Pann Ei Kham heads a network of civil society groups and researchers who advocate reforming Burma’s ineffective drug control laws.

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: Shwe Mann ‘Could Have Done More to Build Trust’

This week, the panel discusses the recent purge of 17 senior members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, including its former chairman Shwe Mann.


Tint Zaw, a Union Solidarity and Development Party senior member, discusses a recent USDP purge, his party’s plans and Thein Sein’s role in its future. 

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘We Cannot Accept the National Education Law’

The Irrawaddy speaks with general secretary of the ABFSU Phyoe Phyoe Aung and student union leader Nan Linn about ongoing protests against the National Education

By   From Prison to Burma’s Halls of Power: An NLD MP’s Journey

Bo Bo Oo’s new parliamentary seat contrasts sharply with how he spent most of his adult life, jailed by Burma’s former junta at age 26.


After years promoting education and supporting Suu Kyi and the NLD from the sidelines, Su Su Lwin steps into the spotlight, as Burma’s new first

By   A Kachin Leader’s Legacy Lives On Through His Daughter

The eldest daughter of former KIO leader Maran Brang Seng will enter the Kachin State parliament on Feb. 8 to pursue her father’s struggle for

By   Kachin Displaced Pin Their Hopes on New NLD Government

Living in limbo for more than four years, many IDPs hope the new government will prioritize peace in Kachin State so they could go home.

By   Bangkok Temple Now a Venerated Site for Leicester City Fans

Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s Thai fans.

By   Burmese Trio Readies for History-Making Everest Bid

A trio of climbers hopes to become the first Burmese nationals to summit the world’s tallest peak, a climb expected to take over two months.

By   Karen Refugee Eyeing Premier League With Sheffield United

An ethnic Karen refugee who was born at a camp on the Thai border earns a professional contract with the English football club Sheffield United.

By   Thailand Dashes Burma’s SEA Games Gold Hopes With 3-0 Win

A spirited performance is not enough for Burma at the Southeast Asian Games football final, with the under-23 team falling to favored Thailand 3-0.