By   Rangoon Bus Lines to Be Dramatically Reduced

The Rangoon divisional government is poised to drastically slash the number of bus lines, many of which overlap and contribute to mounting congestion in the

By   Prison Term ‘Like From the Old Days,’ Says Burmese ‘Penis Poet’

A young poet gets six months in jail for defaming former President Thein Sein, making him one of the first political activists sentenced under Burma’s

By   At Least a Dozen Die in Latest Hpakant Landslide

More than a dozen gem prospectors die when piles of mining waste collapse in Hpakant Township’s jade mining area, where dangerous landslides are increasingly common.

By   At a Southern Plantation, Laments for Lost Land

As the new government vows to tackle legacy disputes over land confiscations, old grievances resurface at a rubber plantation operated by one of Burma’s largest

By   18 Girls Killed in Fire at School Dorm in Northern Thailand

A dormitory fire in Thailand kills 18 girls, many of whom were roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a

By   US Lifts Arms Embargo on Old Foe Vietnam as Regional Tensions Simmer

US President Barack Obama announces that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former

By   Two Years After Coup, Ousted Yingluck Says Thailand’s Junta Must Speed Up Reform

Two years after Thailand’s army toppled her government, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra calls on the junta to accelerate a return to democracy.

By   Vietnam Frees Jailed Dissident Priest Ahead of Obama’s Visit

Vietnam releases a Catholic priest who is one of its most prominent dissidents, a move seen as a goodwill gesture before US President Obama’s visit.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (May 21, 2016)

Hydropower redirect advised; tourism boom to strain infrastructure; local ride-hailing app likely to get cash injection; palm oil moratorium urged; and Burmese coffee heads abroad.

By   Stock Exchange Sophomore IPO Hits Ceiling

After only a few hours of trading, the Yangon Stock Exchange’s second public listing soars 25 percent, reaching its daily trading limit.


Blacklistee Steven Law may gain commercially from the latest changes, even if they make it harder for him to portray himself as an internationally accepted


Despite high hopes for lifting sanctions, several top Burmese businessmen are disappointed after remaining on the US Specially Designated Nationals list.


Two Burmese gender equality leaders take on the tough question of how women can carve out a greater role in the new government and society


With the National League for Democracy hitting its 40th day in office this week, Irrawaddy Dateline examines what challenges and opportunities remain for the party.

By   Aung Kyaw Oo: ‘Without a Power Station in Yangon, We Can Never Have a Stable Power Supply.’

The Irrawaddy reporter May Soe San talks to Aung Kyaw Oo, director of Yangon Electricity Supply Cooperation, about the recent power outages in Yangon, which


Arakan Army chief Tun Myat Naing claims wide support in Arakan State despite swelling IDP numbers, and slams recent Burma Army calls for their disarmament.

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   After 30 Years in Thailand, Glimmers of Hope for Burmese Refugees

While camps in Thailand offer refugees education, health care and social services arguably better than they could receive at home, repatriation preparations are ongoing.

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   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.