Six thousand attendees mark nearly 70 years of Shan political struggle with traditional performances and parades on the Thai-Burma border.

By   Once-Cancelled Dagon City 1 Project Relocated to New Site

The government has relocated the controversial project seven months after it was nixed following a public outcry over its proximity to the Shwedagon.

By   Thein Sein Tells New Lawmakers: Abide by the Constitution

In a letter to the Parliament, outgoing President Thein Sein has called on Burma’s new lawmakers to abide by the Constitution in formulating legislation.

By   Presidential Nominations to be Considered March 17

The Union Parliament announced Monday that presidential nominations would be considered on March 17, more than four months since Burma’s general election.

By   Taiwan Quake Toll Climbs to 35, President to Visit Disaster Scene

The death toll from an earthquake in southern Taiwan on Saturday has climbed to 35, with some 100 people still listed as missing under a

By   Firebrand Monks a Powerful Force in Burma Despite Setback

Challenges from Ma Ba Tha seem likely to continue, despite the religious group’s support for a rival pro-military party that was trounced in elections.

By   UN Condemns N. Korea launch, Pledges Significant New Sanctions

The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called another “intolerable provocation.”

By   Sri Lanka’s Tamil Leaders Call for UN Help on 4,000 Missing

Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil leaders have asked the UN to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in the country’s long

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.


Despite completion of several overpasses already, it is unclear whether Rangoon’s ambitious construction projects will solve the city’s traffic problems.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Feb. 6, 2016)

Ooredoo doubles down in Burma; IFC to finance Rangoon port with junta ties; outgoing minister makes final push to prioritize Chinese hydropower.  


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


Ma Thandar, the widow of murdered journalist Par Gyi, is a newly elected NLD MP and she spoke about her party’s approach in the new


  This week, the panel discusses the prospect of power sharing in the government between the military, the NLD and ethnic parties.


The Irrawaddy speaks with the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Htun Oo about the intricacies of building a genuine federal union.

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.