By   Burma’s Harsh Protest Law Likely to Be Replaced

Protesters would enjoy more rights and lighter sentences for violations if a bill proposed Thursday in Parliament passes as expected.

By   As Conflict Reignites, TNLA Claims Gains at Shan Army’s Expense

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army claims to have retaken bases from the Shan State Army-South after fighting across eight locations in northern Shan State.

By   Plywood Factory Protestors Send Representatives to Naypyidaw

Labor rights protestors send representatives to meet with the Ministry of Labor in Naypyidaw, hoping to resolve their issues with a Sagaing-based plywood factory. 

By   As Burger Joints Proliferate, a Look at Some of Rangoon’s Best

Foodie Myanmar lists and lauds some of the finest burger joints in the commercial capital Rangoon.

By   North Korea Kicks Off Rare Party Congress With ‘Miraculous Results’

North Korea kicks off the first congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years, with Kim Jong-un expected to further consolidate his control.

By   Aging Thailand Takes Toll on Indebted Households

A ballooning number of Thai families are looking after elderly relatives at a cost that countrywide adds up to just under a third of household

By   ‘Waiting for Order to Kill’: China Video Seeks Army Recruits

China’s military is catering to a younger crowd with a recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers and special forces troops set to a rap-rock soundtrack.

By   Nobel Laureate Urges Modi to Curb Child Slavery as India Reels from Drought

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to India’s prime minister to ensure children are not trafficked in the face of the worst drought in decades.


Locals near the Letpadaung copper mining area in Sagaing Division’s Salingyi Township staged a series of protests as mining resumed on Thursday.

By   Burma Thirsts for Bottled Water, But Quality Leaves Bad Taste

Rising demand for purified drinking water in Burma has led to a proliferation of brands, some of which are unlicensed and lacking hygiene standards.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (April 30, 2016)

Domestic aviation sector “unsustainable,” says report; tripling of exports envisaged; new telecoms operator coming together; Telenor sees steady growth; and Americans eye Burmese coffee.


Dozens of workers from a plywood factory in Sagaing Industrial Zone march to Naypyidaw to protest for labor rights, after a dispute over working hours.

By   ‘Drug-Addicted People Should Not Be Treated as Criminals’

Dr. Nang Pann Ei Kham heads a network of civil society groups and researchers who advocate reforming Burma’s ineffective drug control laws.

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: Shwe Mann ‘Could Have Done More to Build Trust’

This week, the panel discusses the recent purge of 17 senior members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, including its former chairman Shwe Mann.


Tint Zaw, a Union Solidarity and Development Party senior member, discusses a recent USDP purge, his party’s plans and Thein Sein’s role in its future. 

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘We Cannot Accept the National Education Law’

The Irrawaddy speaks with general secretary of the ABFSU Phyoe Phyoe Aung and student union leader Nan Linn about ongoing protests against the National Education

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.


After years promoting education and supporting Suu Kyi and the NLD from the sidelines, Su Su Lwin steps into the spotlight, as Burma’s new first

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.

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.

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.