OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

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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.

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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.

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A Thai Junta Vs a Burmese Junta—Spot the Differences

Many Burmese can’t help think it’s ironic that Thailand and Burma have traded places as military-run countries, yet they are concerned over the Thai coup.

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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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The Search for a Buddha without Borders

The Buddha set out to transcend the constraints of his time and place, but efforts to claim ownership of his legacy are creating new barriers.

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Reforms for Whom?

While the government of President U Thein Sein has won accolades overseas, few at home see much reason to celebrate.

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The Lady Rallies the Masses Once Again

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Constitution, but will Burma’s military really go along with her goal?

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Myanmar’s Labyrinthine Peace Process

For the country’s peace process to succeed there needs to be an understanding of just how complex resolving Myanmar’s long-running ethnic conflict is.

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More Money, More Problems? Questions for Myanmar’s Aid Industry

International aid groups’ efforts in Myanmar may not be having the positive effect that many people believe is the inherent result of humanitarian work.

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New European Residents in Ne Win’s Old Neighborhood of Villains

On Rangoon’s Ady Road, the EU Ambassador to Burma is renting an expensive, sumptuous villa from the family of former Burmese dictator Ne Win.

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The Global Rush for Rubber: Is Burma the ‘Final Frontier’?

Burma can expect an influx of foreign investment and a rapid expansion of rubber plantations; the government must ensure this growth is sustainable and equitable.

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Conflict Lessons Learned for Myanmar from Thailand

In Myanmar, the reintroduction of democracy and the on-going peace talks with armed ethnic groups have provided the outlet for possible compromise.

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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.

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This week’s military coup will only generate more animosity as the country’s politics becomes increasingly polarized and violent.

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Unicef and the Extortionate Price of Saving Burma’s Children

Following Burma’s opening up, UN donor agencies have rapidly expanded operations, but they find themselves boosting an economy owned by ex-generals, drug lords and cronies.

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UNICEF Should Open Its Books

If UNICEF wants the Myanmar government to be transparent, it should first be open about its own office rent.

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I am writing to address misconceptions that your readers may have following an Irrawaddy article on 19 May 2014, where it is incorrectly implied that UNICEF has not been cautious or wise in its choice of office space in Yangon.

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High-Rise Limits in Old Rangoon: a Step in the Right Direction

Soon a proposal to limit high-rise development in Rangoon’s historic downtown will be presented to the public. Residents caring about their city should show support.

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Questioning Oslo’s Embrace of Burma

Few countries have reengaged with Burma’s government faster than Norway. But some democracy activists wonder how Oslo’s approach is advancing democratic reform and peace.

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