Rangoon Bus Lines to Be Dramatically Reduced By

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 city.

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

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 new government.


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.


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 conglomerates.


A doctor who promotes health care joins a political science educator, a storytelling group and a band of charity buskers as recipients of the diaspora-run award.

Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week (May 23) By

The Irrawaddy picks 10 interesting events happening in Rangoon this week.

India Drought Hurts Women, Low-Caste Dalits More By

India’s worst drought in decades is hurting women and Dalits disproportionately, with impacts ranging from malnutrition to early marriage to prostitution.

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

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 prank.

Murdered ’88 Activist’s Soul Finally Laid To Rest By

The family of a pro-democracy activist killed in 1988 has at last performed her funerary rites, with her dying wish for democracy considered fulfilled.


A Thai court accepts an appeal filed by defense lawyers for two Burmese migrants sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers in 2014.


According to Kachin and Shan community leaders, the Burma Army is responsible for killing and burning the bodies of several villagers in Shan State.


Rangoon has nearly 200,000 stray dogs, leading to a search for the most effective and ethical methods of controlling the number of canines on the streets.

Letpadaung Protester, Companion Detained and Facing Charges By

An activist marching from Rangoon to Sagaing Division to raise awareness of the Letpadaung copper mining issue is arrested with a friend outside Mandalay.

The School Builder By

A Canadian Zen Buddhist monk who came to Burma to teach meditation discovers that his life must go in a different direction.

Aung Mingalar Headcount Finds Population Steady: Sources By

A headcount of those living in the Muslim quarter of Sittwe finds little to indicate, as was claimed, that its population had swelled in recent years.


Burma’s commander-in-chief says that the army will support Suu Kyi’s second ‘Panglong-style’ peace conference but that future political participation will depend on stability. 

Woman Gunned Down in Hpakant’s Sai Taung Village  By

A woman from a village tract in Hpakant Township’s Sai Taung village, in Kachin State, was gunned down by three men on Sunday, according to local sources.

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

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 foes.

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

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

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

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.

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