By   Massive Highway Project Displaces Karen Communities: Rights Groups

The Asian Highway project is leading to increased militarization and the risk of armed conflict, say three ethnic Karen organizations.

By   Mon Groups Pledge to Block Coal Power Plant

Attendees at the Mon National Conference promise to stand against the use of a coal power plant by a cement company in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw


A longtime haven for Burma’s political dissidents, Thailand’s Mae Sot continues to host large numbers of Burmese migrant workers, visitors and merchants.


The Arakan National Party calls on the govt to cancel the new Arakan State Advisory Commission due to the presence of three high-profile international members.

By   Bertil Lintner: ‘China is the Most Important Foreign Player in the Peace Process’

Burma expert Bertil Lintner discusses Suu Kyi’s China visit with The The Irrawaddy.

By   KBZ Bank Opens Office in Bangkok

Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank) has opened a representative office in Bangkok, the first Burmese bank to establish an international presence.


Burma’s President’s Office says that security on State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will increase, in response to reports that she was on an ISIS


Known locally as Mahachai, and by foreigners as ‘Little Burma,’ Thailand’s Samut Sakhon hosts up to 400,000 Burmese migrants working in factories and fisheries.

By   Myanmar Citizens Bank Announces Share Prices on Yangon Stock Exchange

The YSX announced on Thursday that the base price for MCB shares would be 6,800 kyats.


The Central Bank publishes an inflation rate of 12.14 percent, surpassing the predictions of the World Bank and leading to fears of an upward spiral.

By   Height Restrictions Dropped on 12 Rangoon High-Rise Projects

Twelve high-rise construction projects under suspension for months are given the green light to resume, after developers petitioned the government.


New payment cards, more Mandalay-Bangkok flights, jade mining suspensions, deals signed with China, and a projected drop in tin ore production.


After an earthquake damages almost 200 temples in Bagan, The Irrawaddy speaks to Than Zaw Oo, director of Burma’s branch of the World Heritage Site


Khin Zaw Oo, a government peace negotiator, speaks with Irrawaddy senior reporter Nyein Nyein about ongoing peace process negotiations with three ethnic armed groups.


The Irrawaddy speaks with the ambassador about Switzerland’s development assistance, its role in Burma’s peace process and growing trade relations.


The Irrawaddy talks with political analysts Than Soe Naing and Maung Maung Soe about Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China and her approach toward


Development of the century-old complex remains in the hands of private developers with links to the ex-military elite, whose pledges of public accessibility spark cautious


While many filmmakers complain that govt censorship shackles their artistry, it is not the only thing stunting the emergence of a Burmese Hollywood.

By   From Aung San’s Driver to Centenarian, a Long and Winding Road Reaches Its End

In this story published in 2015, the man who drove Aung San during the historic Panglong Conference reflects on his life in politics, prison and


Fighting between a Karen ethnic armed group and the Burma Army ended in 2012. Now a once desolate conflict zone is set for a comeback.

By   Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

A football final, a lethwei world championship, charity events and art exhibitions—all in Rangoon this week, as picked by The Irrawaddy.

By   Burmese Climbers Summit Everest

Two Burmese mountaineers summit Mount Everest, becoming the first climbers from the country to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.  

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.