By   Government Relocates Rangoon Squatters

The Rangoon divisional government plans to relocate the city’s estimated 400,000 squatters and provide them with temporary housing.

By   Embattled Ethnic Armed Groups Cast Doubt on Suu Kyi’s Peace Drive

The Burma Army’s refusal to halt its offensive campaigns has fueled skepticism and undermined the trust required for peace with ethnic armed groups.

By   USDP Sets Sights On 2020 Comeback

Former president Thein Sein blames the USDP’s election losses on party members, and aims to launch a comeback in Burma’s 2020 election.

By   Forthcoming Govt Body Aims to Get More Aid to More People

Burma’s government intends to form a donor coordination body to scrutinize the country’s foreign aid so that it flows to where it is needed most.

By   Activists Urge Inquiry After Rohingya Shot in Thai Detention Center Breakout

Rights groups call for an independent investigation into the shooting of a Rohingya Muslim who was involved in a mass breakout from a Thai detention

By   Tens of Thousands Need Aid After Deadly Cyclone Pounds Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

Thousands of people in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need aid including clean drinking water, dry food rations and medicines after a cyclone hammered the region.

By   18 Girls Killed in Fire at School Dorm in Northern Thailand

A dormitory fire in Thailand kills 18 girls, many of whom were roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a

By   US Lifts Arms Embargo on Old Foe Vietnam as Regional Tensions Simmer

US President Barack Obama announces that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former

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.


Blacklistee Steven Law may gain commercially from the latest changes, even if they make it harder for him to portray himself as an internationally accepted


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


Arakan Army chief Tun Myat Naing claims wide support in Arakan State despite swelling IDP numbers, and slams recent Burma Army calls for their disarmament.

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.


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   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.