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Making All-Inclusive Peace a Reality

It would be ill-advised for the government to dismiss negotiating with the newly formed ethnic negotiating committee, writes contributor Saw Kapi.

In Burma’s Conflicts, Both Sides Betray Children

The Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army should take urgent steps to stop recruiting and using children, says contributor Charu Lata Hogg.

Mysterious Motives: India’s Raids on the Burma Border

Few facts have emerged since troops from India carried out a cross-border attack on insurgents, but Burma government’s account is the easiest to refute.

It’s Time for the NLD to Reciprocate the Public’s Faith

Whatever slender hopes Aung San Suu Kyi had of maneuvering her way into the presidency are dashed. What now?

Time for a Separation of Church and State

In some cases, it is appropriate for the Burmese government to set boundaries on religious interventions in secular affairs.

A Golden Chance for the Golden Land

The under-23 football team’s surprise run to the Southeast Asia Games gold medal game has been a lift to the collective conscience of Burma’s people.

Burma’s Voter Roster Rollout Falls Flat

Enlisting international expertise and spending tens of millions of dollars does not appear to have helped avert an unfolding voter registration fiasco in Burma.

Will She or Won’t She?

As Burma’s opposition leader travels to China, we’ll all be watching to see if she takes a stand for human rights

The Great Game Over Burma

With Aung San Suu Kyi visiting China, this story from 2013 looks at the changing dynamics of Naypyidaw’s relationship with Beijing and the wider world.

‘Too Many Lives Have Been Lost’: Humanitarian Seng Raw on Kachin War

Lahpai Seng Raw delivers the keynote address, reproduced here in full, at an event commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Kachin conflict.

Suu Kyi’s Mission to China: It’s Complicated

Suu Kyi has taken on a variety of roles in decades past, but it’s the popular political figure—not the face of democracy—that Beijing wants to see.

Behind the Ban: What is Parliament Afraid of?

Mr. Speaker, surely a pen, a notebook, a recording device or a camera couldn’t do that much harm, could it?

Disquiet on the Western Front

Tensions between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State have long existed, stoked by a complex legacy dating back to British colonial rule.

A Burmese Reggae Album for Love and Country

Burma’s leaders would do well to pick up a copy of reggae artist Saw Poe Kwar’s newest album, a musical manifesto in defense of love.

Burma’s Looming Power Struggles

Why are there protests against coal-fired power projects when most of Burma’s rural population is off the grid, living in darkness?

Saving the Spirit of Shwedagon

Numerous critics have expressed concern about five development projects in the vicinity of the country’s most famous religious icon. Planning reform in Rangoon is long overdue.

Unity Needed in Karen Cause

The Karen pride themselves on their commitment and their patriotism, and yet there have been many setbacks in their struggle for greater autonomy.

Submarines on the Shopping List

The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.

Intrigue and an iPad

A recent photograph on social media is the latest source of speculation over former junta leader Than Shwe.

In Panglong, ‘Union Spirit’ Monument Lies in Chauvinistic Shadow

A towering pagoda dwarfs a monument celebrating the sense of national unity enshrined in the Panglong Agreement, but the story doesn’t end there.

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