By   This Week in Parliament (July 25-29)

The Irrawaddy keeps you up-to-date on the parliamentary proceedings of the week that was.

By   Suu Kyi Discusses Language, Education With Wa and Mongla Representatives

Briefly meeting with members of the Wa and Mongla public, the State Counselor discusses national languages, education and broader political participation.

By   Govt Releases Economic Policy Outlines, Deferring Detail

The launch of the government’s five-year economic policy contains only broad outlines, leaving some industry leaders frustrated at the lack of detail.

By   KIA, Burma Army Clash Amid Ongoing Ethnic Summit

As ethnic armed groups gather in Kachin State to search for common ground toward federalism, clashes break out between government forces and the Kachin Independence


Known locally as Mahachai, and by foreigners as ‘Little Burma,’ Thailand’s Samut Sakhon hosts up to 400,000 Burmese migrants working in factories and fisheries.

By   Thailand Sets Up Security Centers Ahead of Referendum

Thailand's military government sets up security centers around the country ahead of an August referendum on a new constitution, a government spokesman says.

By   Thai Elephant Gets New Prosthetic Leg

Mosha the elephant, who stepped on a landmine along the Thai-Myanmar border 10 years ago, received her ninth prosthetic leg on Wednesday.

By   China Risks ‘Outlaw’ Status If It Rejects South China Sea Ruling: Lawyer

An international ruling next month is expected to deprive China of its claim to most of the South China Sea, risking being seen as an

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (July 30, 2016)

ADB’s transportation tips; Ooredoo profits; New director at Korean think tank; Crop insurance launches; Private equity fund raises capital for Burma projects

By   Govt Releases Economic Policy Outlines, Deferring Detail

The launch of the government’s five-year economic policy contains only broad outlines, leaving some industry leaders frustrated at the lack of detail.

By   Securities Commission Says Foreigners Cannot Buy Shares This Year

Burma’s securities commission will not allow foreigners to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange this year, says the deputy minister of planning and finance.


Union parliamentarians push the government to reform the tax system, so as to plug shortfalls and allocate the tax burden more fairly.

By   ‘No Project Enjoys Special Privileges’: Deputy Minister of National Planning and Finance

The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Hsu Mon speaks with Deputy Minister Maung Maung Win about the Ministry of National Planning and Finance’s challenges and responsibilities.


The Irrawaddy speaks with Khine Win from the Sandhi Governance Institute and political columnist Ko Ye Naing Moe about the new government’s 100-day plan.


The Irrawaddy speaks with former Information Minister Ye Htut and political commentator Yan Myo Thein about the role of permanent secretaries within the ministries.


The Irrawaddy speaks to Myanmar Press Council member Saya Kyi Min and lawyer Robert San Aung about a lawsuit brought against 7 Day newspaper by


While many filmmakers complain that govt censorship shackles their artistry, it is not the only thing stunting the emergence of a Burmese Hollywood.

By   From Aung San’s Driver to Centenarian, a Long and Winding Road Reaches Its End

In this story published in 2015, the man who drove Aung San during the historic Panglong Conference reflects on his life in politics, prison and


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   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.