By   This Week in Parliament (September 19-23)

The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.

By   Burma Army Offensive Continues in Kachin State: KIA Spokesman

The Burma Army continues a weeklong offensive against the Kachin Independence Army in Waingmaw Township, a KIA spokesperson says.

By   One More Suspect Arrested in Tailor Shop Abuse Case

Police detain another member of a family accused of the trafficking and abuse of two underage domestic workers at a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop.

By   Sule Square Developers Face $1.6 Million in Fines

Rangoon’s municipal body has said that Sule Square project developers must pay fines of more than 2 billion kyats for breaching building regulations.

By   Thai Palace: King’s Kidneys Still Not Functioning Properly

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's kidneys are still not functioning properly, but infections plaguing the 88-year-old monarch have eased.

By   Asia Leaders Tiptoe Around South China Sea Tensions

Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded Asean summit statement in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday

By   Asean Summit Overshadowed by Philippine President’s Remarks

A summit of Southeast Asian leaders to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to South China Sea tensions opened Tuesday, overshadowed by the Philippine president's unrestrained

By   20 New Zika Cases Found in Thailand

Twenty new patients in four provinces in Thailand have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, but the situation remains under control, according to the public health

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘We Can’t Expect to See Results Overnight’

As the US pledges to lift sanctions, The Irrawaddy senior reporter Kyaw Hsu Mon talks to MKT Construction Co. chairman U Myo Mint and economist

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Sept 23)

State Counselor briefs business community; Thai investment; reforms required in banking sector; Shinhan Bank opens branch; IFC doubles investment portfolio

By   Insiders Share Mixed Opinions About Future of Real Estate and Construction Sectors

While some expect rapid growth in Burma’s market for property development, many are still waiting to see results.


The American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar surveys businesses in order to give annual awards recognizing corporate social responsibility.

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘We Can’t Expect to See Results Overnight’

As the US pledges to lift sanctions, The Irrawaddy senior reporter Kyaw Hsu Mon talks to MKT Construction Co. chairman U Myo Mint and economist

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘Our Economy Will Not Pick Up Unless and Until Economic Sanctions are Lifted’

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits the US, U Khine Win and Daw Yamin Myat Aye join Irrawaddy Burmese editor Ye Ni to discuss


Better relations between the US and the Burmese military could be a good thing, says veteran Burma scholar.


The Irrawaddy asks Burma expert Bertil Lintner about the changing US-Burma relationship, as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits the US this week.


Three members of a family accused of human trafficking and abuse at a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop are arrested and detained

By   Can Rangoon Become a Disabled-Friendly City?

As Burma’s commercial capital changes, its disabled community continues to face a hostile physical environment and stubborn social attitudes.


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   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.