By   Analysis: New Govt, Same Silencing of Burma’s LGBTQ Citizens?

Despite last week’s sea change in the Union Parliament, it is unclear if Burma’s LGBTQ citizens will find long-sought support in the new government.

By   Analysts Predict FDI Slump During Year of Transition

Burma’s foreign direct investment (FDI) flow is expected to be sluggish this year as the country undergoes a period of political transition, experts say.

By   Mon State Elects Parliament’s First Female Speaker

Tin Ei, a lawyer and MP from Thanbyuzayat Township, is the first female speaker of one of Burma’s 14 regional parliaments.

By   Successful Bidder for Rangoon Traffic Project Still Unknown

While an evaluation committee has finished its selection process, it has yet to announce the successful tender to lead a traffic control project in Rangoon.

By   UN: S. Lanka War Crimes Investigation Must Be Impartial

The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to use international judges in investigating war crimes, but any process must be impartial, UN official says.

By   US Intel Warns of Expansion of Terror Groups in Bangladesh

Efforts by Bangladesh’s prime minister to undermine political opposition could provide openings for transnational terrorist groups, US intelligence says.

By   Hong Kong Activists, Police Clash over Holiday Food Stalls

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos this week as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling local delicacies.

By   China Offers Rewards for Online ‘Terrorist’ Tip-Offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off, an official news agency reported.

By   Analysts Predict FDI Slump During Year of Transition

Burma’s foreign direct investment (FDI) flow is expected to be sluggish this year as the country undergoes a period of political transition, experts say.


The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Tuesday that 13 foreign banks have applied to operate in Burma in a second round of licensing.

By   Ooredoo Receives Multi-Million Dollar Loan from ADB and IFC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) have approved a US$300 million loan for foreign telecom operator Ooredoo.

By   With Mining Law Changes, Are Foreign Firms Set to Dig In?

Long-anticipated revisions to Burma’s Mining Law could spur foreign investment in a sector that remains vulnerable to frontier market perils.

By   ‘Lisu People Want to be Free From The Threats Of Armed Groups’

Lisu National Development Party lawmaker Lar Mar Lay discusses his party’s priorities as he enters the Lower House.

By   Scot Marciel: ‘There’s a Lot at Stake, Certainly’

The Irrawaddy revisits a February 2015 interview with Scot Marciel who was unanimously endorsed as ambassador to Burma by the US Senate on Tuesday.


The NLD’s Tun Tun Hein, head of the Lower House’s Bill Committee, spoke with The Irrawaddy about his plans to propose laws within Parliament.


This week, the panel discusses Burma’s new Parliament and how, going forward, it will handle the country’s important political and ethnic issues.

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.


The mixed martial arts rise of Aung La N Sang, known in the United States as “The Burmese Python,” took even his family by surprise.

By   Yangon gridlock: solutions elusive as traffic chokes city

Experts say a holistic approach is needed to resolve Rangoon’s ever-worsening traffic jams, but the government’s response has been to tinker around the edges.

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.

By   Burma Earns Shot at Gold With 2-1 Win Over Vietnam

Burma edges past Vietnam in the semifinal match of the Southeast Asian Games football competition, winning 2-1 to earn a chance at the gold medal.

By   ‘No stars, No Problem’ for Burma’s Young Footballers

Burma’s under-23 side captures the nation’s imagination by storming into the semifinals unbeaten, stirring hopes of a first Southeast Asian Games football gold since 1973.