Opinion - The Irrawaddy

The sudden ouster of Shwe Mann from Burma’s ruling party reconfirmed that the military is not about to relinquish power, writes Bertil Lintner.

Thein Sein has played the game well, guiding a “reform” process that keeps the establishment powers on side. Will this count in his favor post-November?

As prospects for a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement loom large, the question of what will happen in the aftermath of an accord becomes ever more important.

Fukuyama’s Flawed Take on Burma

Contributing writer Jared Naimark challenges neoliberal recommendations made by political theorist Francis Fukuyama during a recent interview with The Irrawaddy.

Unity Falters as Ethnic Groups Mull Peace Prospects

Ethnic armed groups negotiating a nationwide ceasefire with Burma’s government since 2013 have largely presented a united front, but divisions are growing.

Is Burma’s Opposition Ready for the Post-Suu Kyi Era?

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has soured relations with the 88 Generation, ethnic political parties and civil society groups.

Shadows of the Past in Shwe Mann’s Sudden Fall from Grace

The infamous political purges of Burma’s junta-era were recalled on Wednesday night, as parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann was purged from the ruling party.

In Burma, a House Divided Against Itself

The opposition National League for Democracy’s handling of candidate selections for Burma’s upcoming general election risks fracturing the country’s democracy movement.

An Open Letter to Ma Ba Tha

How can adherents of a religion that teaches loving kindness and compassion for all living beings be people who preach hatred?

In Remote Paletwa, Flooded Communities Face Unseen Struggle to Survive

Paletwa Township in Chin State has been one of the hardest hit and most underreported jurisdictions in flood-ravaged western Burma.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Time to Act

British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick says the UK is stepping up efforts to support women’s rights and prevent sexual violence in the country.

Marking Karen Martyrs Day, A Soldier Speaks of Armed Struggle

Wednesday marks the 65th Karen Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the death of Saw Ba U Gyi, first president of the KNU, in a Burma Army ambush.

To End Sexual Violence, British Government Can’t Avoid Elephant in the Room

If the British government is serious about ending sexual violence in Burma, difficult choices will have to be made.

Human Rights Defenders Continue to Suffer in Burma

Despite recent political reforms, activists frequently remain the target of violence, torture, abuse, and sometimes even enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing.

Burma’s Draft Prison Law is Too Vague to Protect Inmates

The draft Prison Law currently being debated in Naypyidaw dampens hopes that the prison system is about to undergo the substantive reforms it urgently needs.

Many locals are not pleased by the release of 155 Chinese loggers, claiming that while the sentence was extreme, so is exoneration.

Another Sordid Chapter in the History of Karen Factional Conflict

Violence once again flared between rival Karen groups this month, adding another chapter to an ignominious history of factional strife and power struggles.

A Deceptive Peace?

Will a nationwide ceasefire pact lead to genuine peace in Burma, or prove as transitory as Sri Lanka’s agreement with Tamil fighters more than 10 years ago?

An Appeal to the Keepers of the Keys in Burma’s Drive to Democracy

Burma’s upcoming election must be different, in that unlike the country’s previous two nationwide votes, it must respect the will of the people.

The Dangers of Chinese Interference in Illegal Logging Case

China should recognize and respect the legal nature of the trial proceedings instead of politicizing the case of the illegal loggers in Kachin State.

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