The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.
With this week’s historic peace deal, another gesture toward national reconciliation is in order: the immediate release of students in Burma jailed for peacefully protesting.
There has been no indication that the International Red Cross is using its influence to request access to political prisoners from the Letpadan student protests.
After violent crackdowns on student protests in Burma, many are no doubt wondering whether the country’s much vaunted political reforms are back to square one.
After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.
After yet more hate-filled invective from controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu, the government should show it is serious about tackling all forms of incitement to hatred.
To many Burmese who had looked to 2014 with cautious optimism, the year has hardly been inspiring, leading to the question: Where are we heading?
Hope deferred may be the legacy of 2014, but desire for a just society in Burma will not be diminished by this year’s unfulfilled promises.
A harsh sentence handed down to journalists for reporting on an alleged chemical weapons factory serves as a reminder that Burma is still an “enemy of the press.”
After three years of war, fighting continues and recently distrust between the sides deepened. Both sides should build up trust and resume negotiations in earnest.
President Thein Sein has not shown any indication that he is serious about amendments, but the clock is ticking and we’re tired of waiting.
Burma’s government has created more space for journalists to do their work, but its mindset remains as narrow as ever.
The Irrawaddy condemns the recent imprisonment of a reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma.
In remarks this week, Burma’s national election commission chairman has indicated that the ruling party of ex-generals will not play fair during the 2015 elections.
There is no good reason for Aung San Suu Kyi to remain aloof from the conflicts wracking the country she hopes to lead.
Until Burma’s government calls the armed forces to heel, the country’s prospects of achieving lasting peace and progress look dim.
After the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in central Burma many cynics believe we have finally seen the true colors of “reformist” President Thein Sein.
The Obama administration’s decision to take a more nuanced approach to Burma has worked so far, but maintaining the right balance will not be easy.
President Thein Sein sends emissaries to greet former political prisoners who led the 1988 democracy uprising but his own camp rests in the balance.
Suu Kyi pays respect to her late father; and a nation remembers a hero whose spirit continues to guide an unfinished struggle.