Myanmar army clears itself of Rohingya atrocity claims

Myanmar's army on Tuesday (May 23) cleared itself of allegations that troops may have carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, but said a soldier had been jailed for taking a... More

Govt invites non-NCA signatories to Panglong peace conference as ‘special guests’

The government invited nine ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to the upcoming Union Peace Conference as “special guests,” The Irrawaddy has learned. Tar Hla... More

China, Myanmar conduct naval drills

The Chinese navy on Sunday conducted its first joint exercise with Myanmar's navy as its fleet concluded a four-day visit to the country. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy fleet, composed of... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due to weak governments, to build a... More

Myanmar sees escalation of religious extremism

The spread of extreme Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar escalates by the day. Extreme nationalists are now preparing to protest against the country’s religious minister. Claiming that Myanmar’s government is failing to support... More

Chinese naval fleet calls at Myanmar port to enhance exchange

A Chinese naval fleet comprising three warships -- Changchun, Jingzhou and Chaohu of Escort Task Group called at the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT) in Yangon's Thanlyin township Thursday morning. As its... More

Election Commission: NLD Did Not Violate Regulations in By-Election

The Myanmar Union Election Commission (UEC) announced in a statement on Thursday that they would not take action against the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, after 13 rival political... More

NLD should build trust with military, amend the constitution: ANP chairman

Arakan National Party (ANP) chairman Dr. Aye Maung has urged the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) to build trust with the Burma Army, with an eye to amending the military-drafted... More

China-Myanmar sign five agreements

China and Burma signed five agreements on Tuesday regarding cooperation in economic development, health, and the preservation of historic monuments in Bagan, following a meeting between State Counselor Daw Aung San... More

China’s Xi offers help for Myanmar peace process

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Burma leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday that China would continue to help the country achieve peace, and called for both sides to maintain... More

Arakan commission calls meeting with Myanmar army ‘Highly productive’

Arakan State Advisory Commission member Al Haj U Aye Lwin said a meeting between Burma Army Chief of General Staff Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo and the commission was “highly productive.” ‘‘The army... More

USDP Refuses to Make Recommendations to Arakan State Advisory Commission

Burma’s main opposition and former ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) refused to make recommendations to the Arakan State Advisory Commission in a meeting on Sunday. Members of the Kofi Annan-led... More

1st China-Myanmar Think Tank Forum held in Dehong

The First Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum was held on May 10 in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province. The forum attracted a total of over 60 specialists and scholars from... More

Ethnic states win right to draft constitutions

Myanmar’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to the leader of an armed ethnic... More

Aung San Suu Kyi to attend Belt and Road forum in Beijing

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Beijing, the Myanmar Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. This will... More

Arrest Warrants Issued for Buddhist Nationalists

Seven nationalists and Buddhist monks involved in Tuesday night’s confrontation between Buddhists and Muslims in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township (Yangon) have been charged with incitement to commit violence. Ko Latt, also known... More

Police Fire Warning Shots After Buddhist Nationalists Storm Muslim Neighborhood

Myanmar Police fired two warning shots to break up a confrontation between Buddhist nationalists and Muslims in Rangoon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township that reportedly left one person injured in the early... More

Activists Protest Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s London ‘Freedom’ Award

Activists and refugees demonstrated as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Freedom of the City of London award on Monday, calling the recognition “disappointing” in light... More

Myanmar says fake news being spread to destabilize govt, vows action

The government of Myanmar has warned it will take action over false news and rumors it claims are being disseminated to cause instability and confusion. In a statement published by the state-run... More

Army ‘Condemns’ NLD Assumption of Military Involvement in Presidential Resignation Rumors

Myanmar’s military has “seriously condemned” the ruling party’s spokesperson assumption of military involvement in spreading rumors concerning the resignation of the country’s President, saying that they will make the “necessary responses.” On... More

Concerns Surface Over U Wirathu’s Visit to Arakan State

U Wirathu, an ultranationalist monk notorious for his inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric, is visiting Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, where mostly stateless Muslims that identify as Rohingya have been the targets of... More


The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More


Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More