By   KIA: Burma Army Attacks Kachin Rebel Outpost From the Air

The Burma Army uses two helicopters to attack the base of a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) battalion in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township, according to KIA

By   USDP Reshuffles Leadership, Ex-Military Men Predominate

Burma’s main opposition party elects new leaders, replacing ex-President U Thein Sein as chairman with U Than Htay, a retired general and former minister.

By   Arakanese Network Plans Protest Over Natural Resource Ownership

The Arakan Natural Resources and Environmental Network (ANREN) says its members will march to demand decentralization of natural resources by the Union government.

By   Environmental Advocates: Salween River is Being ‘Sold Off’ to China

Ethnic Shan advocacy organizations express opposition to the construction of hydropower dam projects on the Salween River in Shan State.

By   Bertil Lintner: ‘China is the Most Important Foreign Player in the Peace Process’

Burma expert Bertil Lintner discusses Suu Kyi’s China visit with The The Irrawaddy.

By   KBZ Bank Opens Office in Bangkok

Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank) has opened a representative office in Bangkok, the first Burmese bank to establish an international presence.


Burma’s President’s Office says that security on State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will increase, in response to reports that she was on an ISIS


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   Inflation Reaches 12 Percent, Alarming Business Leaders

The Central Bank publishes an inflation rate of 12.14 percent, surpassing the predictions of the World Bank and leading to fears of an upward spiral.

By   Height Restrictions Dropped on 12 Rangoon High-Rise Projects

Twelve high-rise construction projects under suspension for months are given the green light to resume, after developers petitioned the government.


New payment cards, more Mandalay-Bangkok flights, jade mining suspensions, deals signed with China, and a projected drop in tin ore production.

By   Should State-Owned Enterprises Be Privatized?

Burma’s government seeks verification as to why state-owned enterprises have been unprofitable, in order to better consider a move toward privatization.


Khin Zaw Oo, a government peace negotiator, speaks with Irrawaddy senior reporter Nyein Nyein about ongoing peace process negotiations with three ethnic armed groups.


The Irrawaddy speaks with the ambassador about Switzerland’s development assistance, its role in Burma’s peace process and growing trade relations.


The Irrawaddy talks with political analysts Than Soe Naing and Maung Maung Soe about Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China and her approach toward

By   Bertil Lintner: ‘China is the Most Important Foreign Player in the Peace Process’

Burma expert Bertil Lintner discusses Suu Kyi’s China visit with The The Irrawaddy.


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


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   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.