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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
In the past, when the opposition leader said something, world leaders listened, but these days Washington seems to have shifted its priorities.
As leader of the world’s sole superpower in tumultuous times, Barack Obama needs Burma as a foreign policy success story, but should it be?
US Secretary of State John Kerry faces difficult questions when he arrives in Burma this weekend amid negative media reports about backsliding on political reforms.
To democracy advocates’ chagrin, Burma’s record of martial leadership is likely to continue through the next presidential election.
Burma’s political system is stacked against new faces, so a similar outcome to the Indonesian elections should not be expected next year.
Seeds of religious prejudice were planted long ago—in part through government-approved, racist publications—and we are now living through the consequences.
Recent inter-communal violence is just the latest event to distract attention in Burma from the real problems the country should be tackling.
As Burma burns, the rest of the world continues to act as if it believes the country’s rulers are sincere about bringing democratic change.
Many Burmese can’t help think it’s ironic that Thailand and Burma have traded places as military-run countries, yet they are concerned over the Thai coup.
On Rangoon’s Ady Road, the EU Ambassador to Burma is renting an expensive, sumptuous villa from the family of former Burmese dictator Ne Win.
Following Burma’s opening up, UN donor agencies have rapidly expanded operations, but they find themselves boosting an economy owned by ex-generals, drug lords and cronies.
Few countries have reengaged with Burma’s government faster than Norway. But some democracy activists wonder how Oslo’s approach is advancing democratic reform and peace.
Win Tin, whose funeral is held in Rangoon on Wednesday, remained unbroken despite nearly two decades in prison, and told his jailers to go to hell.
Today’s funeral for Win Tin will reveal much about the true feelings of the self-styled “reformists” in Burma’s government.
Burma has much to learn from the life of veteran journalist and pro-democracy activist Win Tin, a man of integrity who passed away on Monday.