There is no shortcut to a free and prosperous country, writes Irrawaddy founding editor Aung Zaw.
The international community must press the Burmese government to go further in its top-down program of democratic reform.
Whatever form the dialogue on constitutional change takes, what’s most important is that the discussion is substantive and its participants approach the matter genuinely.
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.
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.
Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.
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.
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.
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.
If Myanmar wants to move forward and beyond the religious violence that rocked Mandalay last month, it should look more deeply into its past.
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.