By   Arakan State Govt’s Attempt to Help IDPs Gets Critical Reception

Despite pledges from the Arakan State government to allocate more money toward the state’s IDPs, some see it as coming up short.

By   Betel Nut Sales to Be Curbed

Burma’s new government will launch a campaign aimed at reducing betel nut consumption, starting with a sales ban around hospitals, schools and government buildings.

By   Efforts to Help Shan State IDPs Hampered in Parliament

A Shan State MP sought to submit a proposal to Parliament that would help displaced children receive an education, but her efforts were denied.

By   Debate Over Burma’s Household Guest Registration Law Intensifies

A bill to amend Burma’s colonial-era law requiring citizens to inform local officials when guests spend the night in their homes is up for debate.

By   Obama to Make History, Stirs Debate With Hiroshima Visit

Obama becomes the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, which many hope will breathe life into stalled efforts to abolish nuclear arms.

By   Influential Thai Buddhist Monk Too Ill to Face Graft Charges, Say Devotees

A stand-off between investigators and a Thai Buddhist sect has intensified after its abbot fails to appear at a police station to answer graft charges.

By   Philippine Death Squads Very Much in Business as Duterte Set for Presidency

His approval for killings of drug users and criminals helped propel him to the highest office of a crime-weary land, where extrajudicial executions continue.

By   Cambodia PM Sets 2018 Election Date, Opposition Faces Legal Charges

Cambodia’s next election will be in July 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen says, as opposition leaders face legal charges they say are politically motivated.

By   KBZ to Launch Satellite Communications Platform

A KBZ subsidiary is to launch new, high-speed satellite communications services in Burma, targeting banks and then telecoms operators.

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


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.