The new student protest movement marks the first national grassroots movement in 25 years that stands outside the established opposition.
The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.
As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.
After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.
With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.
Burma’s Commander-in-Chief is no stranger to conflict near the China border. Did he foresee recent clashes that would kill dozens of his own men?
Peng Jiasheng, the Kokang leader heavily involved in the drug trade, was once a darling of the military government—now he’s on its most wanted list.
The legacy and continued dominance of the ethnic Bamar in Myanmar, and enduring chauvinism, are major obstacles to national reconciliation in an immensely diverse country.
A high school reunion in Rangoon sparks memories of life lessons from the classroom and on the streets.
The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win says it takes both individual and collective will to combat the poisonous words and ideas of a few extremists.
The Burmese government must prioritize allocation of resources for awareness, age verification and disciplinary action to end the use of child soldiers, advocates say.
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.
Illegal extraction of natural resources is fueling armed conflict in northern Myanmar, and the Chinese government’s inaction is partly to blame.
There is no shortcut to a free and prosperous country, writes Irrawaddy founding editor Aung Zaw.
As the government retools its purported efforts to release all of Burma’s political prisoners, past experience and lingering shortcomings of the process must be addressed.
Contributor Khin Zaw Win finds both heartening hospitality and stark environmental realities during public consultations on the draft land-use policy in Shan State’s Mongmit.
The international community must press the Burmese government to go further in its top-down program of democratic reform.
After the deadly shooting of a villager near the Letpadaung copper mining project, it won’t be business as usual, says Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win.
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.