By   More Refugees Expected to Return From Thailand Next Year

Hope for the coming peace process and faith in the new democratically-elected government are encouraging Burmese refugees in Thailand to return home.

By   Kachin Political Prisoner Overlooked in NLD’s Early Amnesties

Despite over 200 amnesties since Burma’s new government took power, Kachin political prisoner Lahpai Gam remains behind bars some four years after his arrest.

By   Photographer Barred From Shooting Controversial Construction Site in Rangoon

An Irrawaddy photographer is blocked from taking photos of a construction site to be reviewed by the city due to its proximity to govt buildings.


Aung San Suu Kyi will chair a committee tasked with bringing peace, stability and development to impoverished and restive Arakan State.

By   Chinese Transgender Man Fights for Job Equality

A 28-year-old transgender man is the face of the fight for job equality in China, where sexual and gender minorities are emerging from virtual invisibility.

By   North Korea Says Trump Isn’t Screwy at All, a Wise Choice for President

North Korea has backed presumptive US Republican nominee Donald Trump, with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate.”

By   Philippines President-Elect Says Won’t Rely on United States

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says his country would not rely on long-term security ally the United States in dealing with China.

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.


Export and import licenses will be available online next week, as the Ministry of Commerce eases the licensing process in an effort to bolster exports.


In Mandalay, thousands of squatters without ID cards are left out of the previous government’s housing plan, but the new administration gives little hope.

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.


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.