By   Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week (May 30)

International football matches, a battle for Burma’s best latte and a no-holds-barred dance session will keep you busy in Rangoon this week. 

By   News Agency Denounces Nationalist Monks For Obstructing Reporter

A Burmese news agency has publicly condemned a hardline Buddhist nationalist group for allegedly intimidating one of its junior reporters.


Ex-Union Solidarity and Development Party chairman Shwe Mann and 11 allies call on the party to redress party members’ expulsions.


Peace negotiator Tin Myo Win will meet this week with ethnic armed groups that did not sign last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.

By   South Korea: Attempted North Korea Missile Launch Fails

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday, but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials say.

By   Big Cats Removed From Thailand’s Infamous Tiger Temple

Wildlife authorities in Thailand raid a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, vowing to seize more in response to pressure over wildlife trafficking.

By   Chinese Detergent Maker Apologizes for ‘Racist’ TV Ad

A Chinese detergent maker apologizes for a TV ad that many in China and around the world call racist, but also blames the media for

By   In Asia Pacific, a Tense Game of Political Brinksmanship 

US military maneuvers across the South China Sea represent the “new normal” in US-Pacific relations despite rising tension with China and Moscow.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (May 28, 2016)

Investors advised of new government scrutiny; Rangoon-Mandalay rail upgrade coming; tin “still booming” in Wa region; Thai firm eyes Chevron stake; and Bhutan gets new

By   KBZ to Launch Satellite Communications Platform

A KBZ subsidiary is to launch new, high-speed satellite communications services in Burma, targeting banks and then telecoms operators.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (May 21, 2016)

Hydropower redirect advised; tourism boom to strain infrastructure; local ride-hailing app likely to get cash injection; palm oil moratorium urged; and Burmese coffee heads abroad.

By   Stock Exchange Sophomore IPO Hits Ceiling

After only a few hours of trading, the Yangon Stock Exchange’s second public listing soars 25 percent, reaching its daily trading limit.


This week’s panel discusses political prisoners, security sector reform, and ongoing human rights abuses in Burma’s conflict-wracked ethnic borderlands.


Two Burmese gender equality leaders take on the tough question of how women can carve out a greater role in the new government and society


With the National League for Democracy hitting its 40th day in office this week, Irrawaddy Dateline examines what challenges and opportunities remain for the party.

By   Aung Kyaw Oo: ‘Without a Power Station in Yangon, We Can Never Have a Stable Power Supply.’

The Irrawaddy reporter May Soe San talks to Aung Kyaw Oo, director of Yangon Electricity Supply Cooperation, about the recent power outages in Yangon, which


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   The School Builder

A Canadian Zen Buddhist monk who came to Burma to teach meditation discovers that his life must go in a different direction.

By   After 30 Years in Thailand, Glimmers of Hope for Burmese Refugees

While camps in Thailand offer refugees education, health care and social services arguably better than they could receive at home, repatriation preparations are ongoing.

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.

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.

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.