The sudden ouster of Shwe Mann from Burma’s ruling party reconfirmed that the military is not about to relinquish power, writes Bertil Lintner.
As prospects for a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement loom large, the question of what will happen in the aftermath of an accord becomes ever more important.
Contributing writer Jared Naimark challenges neoliberal recommendations made by political theorist Francis Fukuyama during a recent interview with The Irrawaddy.
National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has soured relations with the 88 Generation, ethnic political parties and civil society groups.
How can adherents of a religion that teaches loving kindness and compassion for all living beings be people who preach hatred?
Paletwa Township in Chin State has been one of the hardest hit and most underreported jurisdictions in flood-ravaged western Burma.
British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick says the UK is stepping up efforts to support women’s rights and prevent sexual violence in the country.
Wednesday marks the 65th Karen Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the death of Saw Ba U Gyi, first president of the KNU, in a Burma Army ambush.
If the British government is serious about ending sexual violence in Burma, difficult choices will have to be made.
Despite recent political reforms, activists frequently remain the target of violence, torture, abuse, and sometimes even enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing.
The draft Prison Law currently being debated in Naypyidaw dampens hopes that the prison system is about to undergo the substantive reforms it urgently needs.
Will a nationwide ceasefire pact lead to genuine peace in Burma, or prove as transitory as Sri Lanka’s agreement with Tamil fighters more than 10 years ago?
China should recognize and respect the legal nature of the trial proceedings instead of politicizing the case of the illegal loggers in Kachin State.
Political dialogue and national reconciliation should not be deferred in lieu of a nationwide ceasefire agreement, writes contributor Sai Oo.
The recent fall in value of the Burmese kyat should not mean a return to the command and control monetary policies of the past, writes Sean Turnell.
It would be ill-advised for the government to dismiss negotiating with the newly formed ethnic negotiating committee, writes contributor Saw Kapi.
The Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army should take urgent steps to stop recruiting and using children, says contributor Charu Lata Hogg.
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.
In some cases, it is appropriate for the Burmese government to set boundaries on religious interventions in secular affairs.
Enlisting international expertise and spending tens of millions of dollars does not appear to have helped avert an unfolding voter registration fiasco in Burma.