Opinion - The Irrawaddy
Burma’s Voter Roster Rollout Falls Flat

Enlisting international expertise and spending tens of millions of dollars does not appear to have helped avert an unfolding voter registration fiasco in Burma.

Will She or Won’t She?

As Burma’s opposition leader travels to China, we’ll all be watching to see if she takes a stand for human rights

The Great Game Over Burma

With Aung San Suu Kyi visiting China, this story from 2013 looks at the changing dynamics of Naypyidaw’s relationship with Beijing and the wider world.

‘Too Many Lives Have Been Lost’: Humanitarian Seng Raw on Kachin War

Lahpai Seng Raw delivers the keynote address, reproduced here in full, at an event commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Kachin conflict.

Suu Kyi’s Mission to China: It’s Complicated

Suu Kyi has taken on a variety of roles in decades past, but it’s the popular political figure—not the face of democracy—that Beijing wants to see.

Behind the Ban: What is Parliament Afraid of?

Mr. Speaker, surely a pen, a notebook, a recording device or a camera couldn’t do that much harm, could it?

Disquiet on the Western Front

Tensions between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State have long existed, stoked by a complex legacy dating back to British colonial rule.

A Burmese Reggae Album for Love and Country

Burma’s leaders would do well to pick up a copy of reggae artist Saw Poe Kwar’s newest album, a musical manifesto in defense of love.

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?

Saving the Spirit of Shwedagon

Numerous critics have expressed concern about five development projects in the vicinity of the country’s most famous religious icon. Planning reform in Rangoon is long overdue.

Unity Needed in Karen Cause

The Karen pride themselves on their commitment and their patriotism, and yet there have been many setbacks in their struggle for greater autonomy.

Submarines on the Shopping List

The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.

Intrigue and an iPad

A recent photograph on social media is the latest source of speculation over former junta leader Than Shwe.

In Panglong, ‘Union Spirit’ Monument Lies in Chauvinistic Shadow

A towering pagoda dwarfs a monument celebrating the sense of national unity enshrined in the Panglong Agreement, but the story doesn’t end there.

Death of an Activist Reporter

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, The Irrawaddy looks back at reporter Par Gyi, who was shot dead in military custody late last year.

Note to Washington: Use Your Blacklist Wisely

When the United States removed Win Aung from its blacklist last week, other tycoons surely sent silent prayers that they would be next in line.

With news that prominent tycoon Win Aung has been removed from the US sanctions list, The Irrawaddy looks back at the efforts of other business leaders to rehabilitate their public profiles.

Win Tin: Burma’s Revolutionary Journalist

One year to the day since Burma lost one of its leading intellectual figures, Win Tin, The Irrawaddy looks back on his enduring legacy.

Can Burma Buy Happiness in Washington?

Burmese activists were outraged to learn last week that the government entered into a year-long public relations contract with a Washington-based lobbying firm worth US$840,000.

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.