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By   Local Short ‘The Glass Man’ Honored at US Film Festival

A Burmese documentary about a young disabled man in Burma receives Best Short Honorable Mention at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles.

By   Photo Exhibit Closes Early Amid Fears that Content ‘Too Sensitive’

An exhibition of photographs documenting recent student protests is prematurely shuttered after the gallery owner expresses concern that the material is too politically sensitive.

By   2 Armed Men Attack Military-Owned Bank in Shan State

A Burmese military-owned bank in eastern Burma was targeted by armed attackers over the weekend, according to the military’s information department.

By   ‘Crony’ Win Aung Removed From US Blacklist: Who’s Next?

Burma’s business community predicts that the delisting could signal a tide of redemption for a long list of so-called cronies ostracized by the Western superpower.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (April 25, 2015)

Tin exports lower prices; Star City’s next phase underway; Magwe solar plant gets partner; three foreign banks open offices; and World Bank envisions continued growth.

By   ‘Crony’ Win Aung Removed From US Blacklist: Who’s Next?

Burma’s business community predicts that the delisting could signal a tide of redemption for a long list of so-called cronies ostracized by the Western superpower.

By   Govt Targets Economic Growth of 9.3% This Year

Burma is targeting economic growth of 9.3 percent in this fiscal year, driven by an unprecedented amount of foreign investment.

By   Volvo Prepares to Send ‘Made in China’ Cars to US

On the verge of exporting the first “Made in China” cars to the United States, Volvo is determined to show they are as good as


The leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party threats retaliation if local elections being held this week are not conducted fairly.

By   Indonesia Gives 72-Hour Execution Notice to Drug Traffickers

Australia continues to lobby Indonesia to spare the lives of two Australians on death row despite 10 prisoners being told they could die within days.

By   Desperate Nepalese Sleep in Open, Seek Help as Aftershocks Spread Fear

Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than

By   Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake

Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating

By   ‘We Among the Democratic Forces Should Have Unity’

Aung Moe Zaw, chair of the formerly exiled Democratic Party for a New Society, outlines the challenges his party faces ahead of the 2015 elections.

By   ‘He Was a Tower of Strength for the Party’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, we reflect on the life and legacy of Win Tin, journalist, co-founder of the NLD and a former political prisoner.

By   ‘History May Blame Those Who Refuse to Hold Talks’

Parliamentarian Aye Maung, representing ethnic groups in recent six-party talks on political reform, discusses the outcome, constitutional change and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political calculus.

By   ‘Thingyan is Getting Worse Year by Year’

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel talks about the changing nature of Burma’s Thingyan festival, including the rise of drunkenness and drug use among


Outside a remote prison deep in the jungles of eastern Burma, young men sweat through their withdrawal in the dense heat of early summer.

By   In Pathein, Old Parasol Craft Struggles With Rising Demand

After producers reverted back to 100-year-old crafting techniques demand for the iconic Pathein parasol soared; they now struggle to keep up with its rising popularity.


Fishermen making port calls in Rangoon offer a gritty portrait of life at sea, where they spend most of their year on a meager salary.


A small enterprise is busting barriers for people living with a disability.

By   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


Burma’s Under-19 national team beats the United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup, qualifying for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever.

By   Germany’s World Cup Party Gets Underway at Home

Mario Goetze’s goal late in extra time gave the Germans victory over Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.