By   HRW: US Military Aid Fails Child Soldiers

The decision by the United States to give military assistance to countries that recruit and use child soldiers, including Burma, fails child soldiers but is

By   Thailand Cracks Down on Migrant Workers

Anti-immigration feelings are on the rise, rights group fears

By   Report Highlights Hardship and Family Planning Needs

Married women in Burma give birth to five children on average, while 2014 census findings highlight a lack of education and a need for family

By   Rangoon Govt Rep Clarifies Development Priorities

The head of the regional parliament’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee says the focus will be on 11 issues.

By   Thai Palace: King’s Kidneys Still Not Functioning Properly

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's kidneys are still not functioning properly, but infections plaguing the 88-year-old monarch have eased.

By   Asia Leaders Tiptoe Around South China Sea Tensions

Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded Asean summit statement in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday

By   Asean Summit Overshadowed by Philippine President’s Remarks

A summit of Southeast Asian leaders to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to South China Sea tensions opened Tuesday, overshadowed by the Philippine president's unrestrained

By   20 New Zika Cases Found in Thailand

Twenty new patients in four provinces in Thailand have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, but the situation remains under control, according to the public health


Burma’s Lower House of Parliament passes the long-awaited Myanmar Investment Bill to mixed reviews, and it now moves to the Upper House.

By   Gold Price Highest on Record

Gold prices reach record highs as the value of the kyat lowers and the price of the US dollar continues to increase, according to industry


A meeting between Burma’s business community and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is postponed following her trip to the United States and reports


As the US pledges to lift sanctions, The Irrawaddy senior reporter Kyaw Hsu Mon talks to MKT Construction Co. chairman U Myo Mint and economist


As the US pledges to lift sanctions, The Irrawaddy senior reporter Kyaw Hsu Mon talks to MKT Construction Co. chairman U Myo Mint and economist

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘Our Economy Will Not Pick Up Unless and Until Economic Sanctions are Lifted’

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits the US, U Khine Win and Daw Yamin Myat Aye join Irrawaddy Burmese editor Ye Ni to discuss


Better relations between the US and the Burmese military could be a good thing, says veteran Burma scholar.


The Irrawaddy asks Burma expert Bertil Lintner about the changing US-Burma relationship, as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits the US this week.


Despite international pressure over human trafficking in the seafood trade, Thailand is failing to reform the fish processing industry and compensate victims of slavery


Three members of a family accused of human trafficking and abuse at a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop are arrested and detained

By   Can Rangoon Become a Disabled-Friendly City?

As Burma’s commercial capital changes, its disabled community continues to face a hostile physical environment and stubborn social attitudes.


Development of the century-old complex remains in the hands of private developers with links to the ex-military elite, whose pledges of public accessibility spark cautious

By   Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

A football final, a lethwei world championship, charity events and art exhibitions—all in Rangoon this week, as picked by The Irrawaddy.

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.