Opinion - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Myths of Suu Kyi’s Mysterious Trip to China

As Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, gears up for her first official trip to China, myths abound about her party’s motivations.

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Obama’s Second Burma Visit Falls Flat

As US President Barack Obama concludes his second visit to Burma, many in the pro-democracy movement slam his ringing endorsement of President Thein Sein.

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US Must Address Rights Concerns Before Further Engagement

While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.

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Obama’s Chance to Make Burma a Genuine Foreign Policy Success

If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.

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Aung Thaung: Why Now, Why Him and Who’s Next?

Before receiving US President Barack Obama, Burmese pundits welcome his administration’s decision to blacklist one of the ruling party’s most powerful and notorious lawmakers.

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From Top Brass to a Bureaucratic Class

Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.

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Death of an Activist-Reporter

The killing of Aung Kyaw Naing in military custody in Mon State belies the government’s claim that “considerable progress” has been made on human rights.

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Does Burma’s Army Still Hold a License to Kill?

The way Burma’s government handles the killing of journalist Aung Kyaw Naing by the military will be a telling indicator of its reformist credentials.

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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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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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