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Gauging Ethnic Angst Over Proportional Representation in Burma

Ethnically aligned political parties say proposals to change the country’s electoral system are not in their best interest.

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Rape Is Not Just a Crime; It Is a Weapon

President Thein Sein’s government can and must act to stop the acts of sexual violence committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Burma’s ethnic states.

US Turns Blind Eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection

Washington should be posing the same tough questions that Burmese journalists now sentenced to 10 years in prison for their reporting have dared to ask.

Burma Military Facility Hides Secrets From the World

After journalists were imprisoned for writing about a secret military installation in Magwe Division, experts are concerned about what could be produced at the site.

The World’s Least Scrutinized Head of State?

Given how much the international community has staked on President Thein Sein, it is surprising how little scrutiny of him there has been.

An official from the Myanmar Peace Center says risk-taking in necessary for peace, but a risk-adverse mentality often overshadows peace processes.

A Power-Sharing Alternative for Burma’s Political Elites

To avoid a highly volatile situation in 2015, the country’s ruling and opposition politicians would do well do strike a cooperative pre-election deal.

The Spoils of Aid in Burma: Transition a Boon for Former Dictators

Rather than enriching the people responsible for the country’s situation, doesn’t the international aid industry have an obligation to help Burma break from dictatorship?

Does the West Really Want a Suu Kyi Presidency?

Western powers pay homage to the opposition leader but would likely prefer that Burma’s next government is similar to the present one.

Preventing Religious Violence Is a Task for All

The government and security forces have primary responsibility for controlling the violence, but preventing it is a task for all.

In Burma’s Young Democracy, Vote ‘No’ on Proportional Representation

There are many reasons why Burma’s electoral system should not be changed, at least for now, in a country just emerging from decades of dictatorship.

What Australian FM Bishop Must Do in Burma

The visiting Australian foreign minister should show Burma support for genuine reform, but stress that it needs to end hatred, violence and exclusion of minorities.

A Broader Vision of Education for Burma

A longtime Burmese educator reflects on the purpose of schooling in Burma, calling for less emphasis on exams and more emphasis on critical thinking.

Introducing a proportional representation system could help the Burma Army establish itself as a cohesive legislative block in the face of a more fractured opposition.

Progress, Yes, but Not at Any Price

Burma needs to act boldly to build prosperity, but if we want to succeed in the long run, we need to remember that our heritage is our most precious asset.

Deeds and Peace

When it comes to ceasefire negotiations between the government and ethnic armed groups, an ethnic Karen activist believes words are not enough.

Words and Peace

An official at the Myanmar Peace Center says it is crucial to agree on the meaning of controversial words to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

We Called Her ‘Mummy’

A Burmese anthropologist mourns the death of Dr. Daw Myint Myint Khin—a doctor, writer and pioneering feminist who inspired women at home and abroad.

We Will Not Back Down

Prominent women’s rights activist Zin Mar Aung says that despite threats, she and other activists will continue to campaign against the interfaith marriage bill.

Govts Must Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick calls on governments around the world to support a new international protocol to investigate sexual violence in conflict.

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