SNLD leaders: Govt insistence on ‘non-secession’ deprives Shan of dignity

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), the biggest ethnic political party in Shan State, has asked the government to remove term “non-secession from the Union” from any future peace accord… More

State Counselor’s office to probe allegations of army abuse in viral video

The Office of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement on Wednesday that it had set up a probe into Burma Army abuses depicted in a video… More

UN names fact-finding mission members

The UN named a trio of independent experts on Tuesday to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by Burma’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State. The international fact-finding… More

State Counselor: Peace conference agreements ‘A significant step’ for Myanmar

The stakeholders’ negotiations at the Union Peace Conference (UPC) “mark a significant step” toward future democratic federalism, said the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the closing ceremony of… More

Ma Ba Tha Lay members announce plan to form political party

Leading laypersons from Burma’s biggest Buddhist nationalist group, the Association to Protect Race and Religion—commonly known as Ma Ba Tha—have announced that they will soon form a political party. Maung Thway Chon,… More

Peace conference to end ‘without good result’: Govt

The second session of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference is likely to end without major agreement after the issue of “non-cessation” from the Union caused a deadlock, according to a… More

Myanmar’s hardline monks gather despite ban

Hundreds of monks and supporters of Myanmar’s ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement gathered in a Yangon monastery Saturday, in a defiant meeting days after Buddhist authorities banned their network, which has… More

EU launches photo exhibition in Yangon

A unique photo exhibition showcasing the European Union’s work in Myanmar is now live and moving! It can be seen on and in 10 buses on the Yangon Bus Service routes… More

China-backed militia new powerbrokers in Myanmar peace process

Branded as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar’s peace process, a development seen as strengthening Beijing’s influence over its violence-wracked… More

Northeastern alliance optimistic about future peace talks with govt

The northeastern armed groups that met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday in Naypyidaw said that further talks with the State Counselor appeared to be possible. The seven-member alliance includes… More

Religion minister seeks banks’ help to track nationalist funds

Religious affairs minister U Aung Ko is grappling with the Central Bank of Myanmar for cooperation in order to trace the funds used for the activities of hardline nationalists that include… More

Wirathu urges followers to persevere after govt moves to curb ultra-nationalism

Burma’s infamous firebrand Buddhist monk U Wirathu urged his followers to find a solution to the struggles of the nationalist movement in a video published on his Facebook Tuesday night. His move… More

Portrait of Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ chills Cannes

‘The Venerable W’, his chilling portrait of the monk who has been accused of preaching hate and inciting attacks on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, has been hailed by critics at the… More

Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process

Hundreds of representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic insurgent groups gathered in the capital on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Aung San Suu Kyi’s stuttering peace process after months of heavy fighting. The… More

Myanmar’s Defense Services leader meets Chinese special envoy

Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s Defense Services Senior- General Min Aung Hlaing met with Special Envoy for Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Sun Guoxiang in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday (23 May). The… More

State Buddhist Authority Bans Nationalist Organization’s Name, Signboards

The state Buddhist Sangha authority, Ma Ha Na, imposed further restrictions on Burma’s biggest religious nationalist group, the Association for Protection of Race and Religion, better known as Ma Ba Tha,… More

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


What could end the Afghan War?

Can re-inventing the old Afghan war logic save the US in the land that has been described as a graveyard of empires? While the era of empires is long gone, the US-Afghan war is unlikely to end anytime soon, as… More

Why the Sikkim standoff!

China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of trying to build a C40 road through Bhutan’s Doklam plateau near the tri-junction with Bhutan and Tibet. Sketchy media reports spoke of ‘jostling’ but no firing and of the PLA… More

Myanmar continues press repression

Myanmar’s human rights situation is again under the spotlight with the arrival of Professor Yangkee Lee – the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar – last Sunday for a two-week visit. While Arakan and the plight of… More

For whom the bell tolls

Monday July 10, 2017 will go down as a day of some consequence for accountability in Pakistan’s history, and maybe its destiny. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the PanamaGate case observed “significant gap/disparity amongst the known and declared… More

Two laws, three branches and one big conflict

The 16th amendment of the constitution which empowered the Legislature to remove a judge of the Supreme Court was struck down against which the Government had appealed to the same court. The appeal was rejected too and the Legislature… More


Chinese military, a staunch force for safeguarding world peace

As the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is drawing near, the first oversea support base of the PLA in the East African nation of Djibouti was officially… More

Belt and Road plays key role in joint terror fight

Connectivity is the first concept for having a full understanding of the Belt and Road initiative. The ancient Silk Roads set up land and sea trade passages connecting different nationalities and countries through slow… More

Marriage made on earth

Two things I cannot banish easily from my mind: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark that the marriage between Israel and India was made in heaven, and an article on Shylock in the latest New… More

Next door Nepal: A resurgent nationalism

Narendra Modi was cheered as a hero and trustworthy friend during his two visits to Nepal in July and November of 2014. He conveyed the impression that he had introspected about the grievances Nepalis had… 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way… More

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