All the World’s a Stage By

As Myanmar gears up for this year’s Thingyan festivities, some lament that traditional celebrations are being drowned out by raucous revelry.

In Moulmein, a Hospital Continues its Long Battle With Leprosy By

The Moulmein Leprosy Hospital is a refuge for hundreds of people affected by leprosy, a stigmatizing disease that the clinic has been battling since 1898.


The Yangon Heritage Trust organized the first walking tour of Rangoon’s historic downtown area Saturday, opening the eyes of residents to their city’s cosmopolitan heyday.


Hundreds of participants flew their colorful, Burmese-design kites during the 10th annual traditional Burmese kite competition in Rangoon this week.


Artist and former political prisoner Htein Lin explains to The Irrawaddy the title of his solo show currently on display at Rangoon’s River Gallery II.

Resettlement of Meikhtila IDPs Stalled by Funding Shortage By

A lack of money hampers efforts to rebuild homes for thousands who remain displaced one year after communal violence hit the central Burma city.

Army Chief Says Ethnic Conflicts Must End for Burma’s Development By

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing delivers a speech at a parade in Naypyidaw to mark Armed Forces Day, the anniversary of Burma taking up arms against the occupying Japanese.

Burmese Surrealist Sticks to His Guns By

Having poured out his feelings on canvases for nearly 50 years, surrealist artist San Minn has saved enough paintings for his third “Gun Series” show.

Jade Prospectors Face a Bumpy Road to Riches By

A journey into northern Burma’s jade-mining town reveals a landscape scarred by years of exploitation, and hopeful miners trying to dig up a fortune.

Kachin Children Separated From Parents, Brought Together by War By

About 200 children living at a border IDP camp are—for the time being, at least—effectively orphans of the conflict in northern Burma.

A Cold, Tired Life for Kachin Families at Border Post 6 By

Hundreds of people live at this camp along the China border, huddling around fires in unlit makeshift homes and praying for an end to war.

Sunny Days for Pathein’s Parasol Industry By

Makers of the famed Pathein parasol are benefitting from Burma’s hot season and the unrelenting rays of tropical sunshine that this time of year brings.

Burma Still Lacking ‘Absolute Press Freedom,’ Says Suu Kyi By

Aung San Suu Kyi says “absolute press freedom” in Burma remains elusive, at the launch of a foundation named in honor of the opposition leader.

‘I’m Only Interested in What I Do Next’ By

One of Burma’s most celebrated artists, Win Pe, holds his first solo show back in Rangoon after living for 19 years in the United States.

US Memorial Marks ‘Day of Infamy’ in the Asia-Pacific By

A memorial in World War II’s Asia-Pacific theater marks a surprise attack by Japanese imperial forces that pulled America into the global conflict.

Portraits of Old Burma By

More than three dozen black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs now on display in Rangoon provide a glimpse into what Burma looked like three centuries ago.

Burma Army Attacks Displaced 3,000 Palaung Civilians: Rights Group By

An increase in Burma Army operations against ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has displaced over 3,000 Palaung civilians last year, a rights group reports.

A Purr-fect Pedigree in Burma By

Friendly, inquisitive, playful and outgoing, Burmese cats are one of the world’s most popular breeds, and now they’re heading back to their homeland.

Art for Love’s Sake By

Aung Soe Min has been encouraging Rangoon’s lovebirds to consider a less tradition gift to mark Valentine’s Day this year.

NLD Marks Union Day in Rangoon Event By

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, celebrated Union Day in Rangoon, and a traditional Shan dance competition was held at the event.

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