The jailing of 13 dissidents in Vietnam raises questions about which government deserves to be described as the most repressive in Southeast Asia.
Female soldiers in the Kachin Independence Army, and women throughout Burma’s northernmost region, make sacrifices and face daily struggles as an 18-month conflict escalates.
The return of the West to Myanmar creates challenges and opportunities for the country’s Asian partners.
Buddhist Arakanese are fighting alongside the mostly Christian Kachin against a majority-Buddhist Burma Army in the country’s far north.
One man was killed and three people wounded after Burmese shelling close to Lajayang, a Kachin Independence Army outpost about 10 miles from Laiza.
For many of the 100,000 or so displaced in Burma’s northernmost state, supplies are running low as daily clashes continue.
Near the road from Laiza, a KIA soldier points to the ground. “One Tatmadaw buried here,” he says, “two buried here, and 12 buried here.”
Christmas lights are draped over buildings in Burma’s northernmost state, where the largely Christian population sees little solace amid a bloody civil war.
The South China Sea divides the Association of Southeast Asian Nations again, as Cambodia and the Philippines differ over the bloc’s discussions of the issue.
Critics say the human rights charter signed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday fails to meet the needs of the region’s people.
Governments at ASEM summit urge Burma to end the Arakan crisis and address the issue of Rohingya citizenship while fears are raised of violence spreading.
World leaders at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting urge Burma to address international concerns about human rights abuses in Arakan State.
The National League for Democracy looks into whether President Thein Sein’s election as head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party breaches Burma’s Constitution.
The Irrawaddy’s Simon Roughneen visits Pantanaw, where villagers are struggling to cope with floods and depleted rice reserves.
No official date for offshore gas bidding is set as Foreign Direct Investment law delay rolls on.
The Asian Development Bank says Burma’s economy can triple by 2030 by reclaiming ground lost to wealthier neighbors if sufficient reforms are undertaken.
Human Rights Watch says that the Burmese government failed to do enough to prevent June mob fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in troubled Arakan State.
Stanford University’s Larry Diamond met political parties, government officials and civil society groups during a recent trip to Burma and spoke to The Irrawaddy about its democratic transition.
Burma’s President Thein Sein signs three MoUs with Thailand, including one reaffirming the two countries’ commitment to the Dawei deep-sea port project.
Xanana Gusmao’s CNRT party tops polls in East Timor’s election, but fails to attain an overall majority.