By   Protesters Push for Peace in Arakan, While Lawmakers Bicker in Rangoon

Thousands protest in Arakan State to demand a cessation of hostilities after a recent escalation of violence leaves more than 1,000 displaced and homeless.

By   Calls for More Women in Peace Process on European Study Tour

Leading women from minority and civil society groups advocate more female participation in Burma’s peace process and federalism during trainings in Switzerland and Norway.

By   Heavy Winds Hit Mandalay

El Nino winds strike Mandalay Division again, damaging homes, causing blackouts, and injuring residents.

By   Proposed By-Election Changes Aim to Limit Polls’ Frequency

Parliament looks to reduce the frequency with which by-elections are held by banning them in the first and fifth year of parliamentary terms.

By   Foreign Minister Reaffirms Japan’s Economic Ties to Thailand

Japan’s foreign minister arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to reaffirm economic ties after a slump in Japanese investments in Thailand amid political concerns.

By   China Trains ‘Fishing Militia’ to Sail Into Disputed Waters

The fishing fleet in a tiny port town on Hainan island is being turned into a sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South

By   China Passes Law Tightening Controls on Foreign Nonprofits

China passes a law tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision.

By   Tuna Giant Thai Union Scraps Worker Fees to Tackle Labor Abuses

Thai Union will eliminate recruitment fees for its workers to prevent them from racking up debts to job brokers and from being exploited and abused.

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   Rangoon’s Strand Hotel to Close for Major Facelift

Rangoon’s iconic colonial-era hotel closes for six months on May 1 to undergo extensive renovations, the first in more than 20 years.

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


The Irrawaddy speaks with lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun to discuss the State Counselor Bill and Burma’s history

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   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.

By   Burma Earns Shot at Gold With 2-1 Win Over Vietnam

Burma edges past Vietnam in the semifinal match of the Southeast Asian Games football competition, winning 2-1 to earn a chance at the gold medal.