By   USDP Domestic Squabble Heats Up as Shwe Mann Wins Support

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

By   Peace Negotiator to Meet NCA Non-Signatories

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   Parallels Drawn Between Ranong Murder, Koh Tao Case        

Some activists claim that Burmese migrant workers accused of Ranong murder are being scapegoated in a way that smacks of the controversial Koh Tao case.

By   Police Pursue Drug Traffickers After Big Bust in Shan State

More than US$35 million worth of drugs is seized in Shan State, but two alleged drug traffickers, one of whom was already a fugitive, remain

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   Though Largely Unknown, Trump Finds Fans in China

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is known for his tirades against China, but within the country he disparages, fandom is growing.

By   Obama to Make History, Stirs Debate With Hiroshima Visit

Obama becomes the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, which many hope will breathe life into stalled efforts to abolish nuclear arms.

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

By   After Decades of Fighting, a Onetime No Man’s Land Transforms

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.