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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?

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After 19 Years Behind Bars, Journalist Win Tin’s Fiery Spirit Is Far From Broken

On the anniversary of Win Tin’s death, The Irrawaddy revisits this archived article wherein another former political prisoner, Kay Latt, pays tribute to his resilience.

How One Father’s Letters to the Government Got Him Convicted

Members of Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic write that shortly after his daughter’s death, Brang Shawng wrote two letters that would eventually be deemed criminal.

While the government relishes its accomplishments, Burma’s ethnic groups must prepare for what will still be a long and thorny path to peace.

The Lady’s Predicament

Aung San Suu Kyi has sacrificed her credibility to court the military and the USDP, with no quid pro quo to show for her compromises.

Burma’s Military Milestone

Far from a cause for celebration, Burma’s 70th Armed Forces Day was a salient reminder of the military’s failure to reform.

Old Laws, Same Military

Recent repression in Myanmar is being directed by the military, which retains control of the laws and institutions it used to dismantle past pro-democracy movements.

After Border Bombing, What’s Next for Burma and China?

Burma is under major Chinese diplomatic, military and political pressure to deal with the bombing death of four civilians in Yunnan.

Public Polling is Essential in Burma’s Democratic Transformation

The Burmese government needs the ability to measure public opinion, a critical force in shaping and transforming society.

Our Rivers Are Not for Sale

Burma needs to rethink an energy policy based on dams, which threatens to see millions of local lives disrupted in order to satisfy foreign markets.

Police Training Is Wrong Prescription for Systemic Ill

Questions and a reevaluation are warranted after a police force receiving training from the EU brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors in Burma this week.

Burma Takes a Big Step Backwards

Government conspiracy theories over the motivations of student protesters fail to address the Burmese public’s genuine grievances or offer any viable solutions.

Violent Crackdown, Rise in Conflict Do Not Bode Well for Burma’s Transition

The crackdown on student protestors and a rise in ethnic conflict do not bode well for Burma’s democratic elections—how will the international community respond?

A New Generation Takes to the Streets in Burma

The new student protest movement marks the first national grassroots movement in 25 years that stands outside the established opposition.

As Myanmar Weighs Electoral Prospects, Delhi Poll Offers Cautionary Tale

The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.

Education Reform: Towards an Inclusive Approach

As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.

The Kokang Conflict: How Will China Respond?

With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.

Toward a More Perfect Union

The legacy and continued dominance of the ethnic Bamar in Myanmar, and enduring chauvinism, are major obstacles to national reconciliation in an immensely diverse country.

Who’s Responsible for Reining in Rogues?

The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win says it takes both individual and collective will to combat the poisonous words and ideas of a few extremists.

Child Soldiers: An Ongoing Battle in Burma

The Burmese government must prioritize allocation of resources for awareness, age verification and disciplinary action to end the use of child soldiers, advocates say.

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