OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Burmese Media Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It is time to ask some questions about why journalists in Burma continue to face arbitrary arrests for attempting to do their jobs.

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Polishing Myanmar’s Colonial Gem

Proper urban planning for Yangon must be a top priority, and is absolutely essential if it is to be a truly great 21st century city.

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Peace on the Table, War on the Ground

As ethnic and government representatives continue to talk peace, armed conflict is intensifying on the ground, with civilians most at risk.

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Tokyo Calling

The visit to Japan by Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing is the latest sign of warming military and diplomatic ties between Naypyidaw and the region.

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Of Monks and Military Men

The Saffron Revolution showcased Burma’s monks at their best, but that moral standing has been eroded by a manipulative old guard that still holds power.

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Why Tin Aye Put the ‘Bye’ in Burma’s By-Elections

The cancellation of by-elections slated for later this year is an ominous sign from an election commission chairman whose independence was already suspect.

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In Burma, Student Unions Must Learn Their Place

By pursuing national causes ranging from land rights to ethnic reconciliation, Burma’s university student unions have lost sight of their primary purpose: ensuring students’ rights.

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26 Years After Coup, Military Still in the Driving Seat on Road to Reform

Exactly 26 years ago the military seized power, and to this day former and active generals control the pace and extent of Burma’s democratic reforms.

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From Berlin to Burma, Democracy’s Uneven March

While the Berlin Wall is long gone, barriers erected by Burma’s former military junta continue to impede the country’s progress toward genuine democratic governance.

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Building an Egalitarian Economy in Myanmar

Well into the fourth year of Myanmar’s reforms, a major question remains: Can the country develop its economy on an egalitarian basis?

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The Dangers of Reporting on Nepotism

After investigating a secret business deal between Rangoon’s chief minister and two relatively unknown Chinese cronies, The Irrawaddy finds itself on a new “blacklist.”

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Rewriting the History of Late Prime Minister Soe Win

A new book on the late prime minister and top general Soe Win provides a misleading account of his career in Burma’s former military regime.

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Suu Kyi Is Wrong to Support Tin Aye’s By-Election Decision

The chairwoman of the National League for Democracy met the Union Election Commission chairman before he announced that the polls expected this year were canceled.

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In Ethnic State, Former Enemies Join Forces for Health Care

After decades of armed conflict, government and ethnic Karenni medics team up to provide health care to impoverished communities in eastern Burma.

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Burma’s Sexist School Requirements Hurt Women—And Society

Universities seem to be systematically discouraging women from pursuing many leadership roles, and it’s a great loss for our country’s overall development.

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The real lessons from the census were the blithe indifference by UNFPA and the Burmese government to the potential for violence the census could spark.

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Why Did the KNU Withdraw From the UNFC?

A power struggle may underlie the Karen National Union’s decision to temporarily suspend its membership in the ethnic umbrella organization this week.

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US Takes Steps to Restart Business Relations With Burma

A new investment in solar power and an initiative to improve labor conditions in Burma show the two countries are moving closer to each other.

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Will the Karen Go Solo on the Nationwide Ceasefire?

A threat by the Karen National Union (KNU) to withdraw from a major ethnic alliance has raised concerns that the Karen rebels will move ahead to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord with the government before other armed groups are ready.

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Has the United States Forgotten Suu Kyi?

In the past, when the opposition leader said something, world leaders listened, but these days Washington seems to have shifted its priorities.

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