Opinion - The Irrawaddy
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.

Win Tin’s Lessons for Burma

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

How One Father’s Letters to the Government Got Him Convicted

Members of Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic write that shortly after his daughter’s death, Brang Shawng wrote two letters that would eventually be deemed criminal.

Win Tin, Suu Kyi and the Perils of Trust

The late veteran journalist and activist Win Tin was always concerned about the consequences of granting legitimacy to a dubious status quo.

An Uneasy Alliance

Rhetoric around the brotherly bond between Myanmar and China masks recurrent tensions.

While the government relishes its accomplishments, Burma’s ethnic groups must prepare for what will still be a long and thorny path to peace.

The Students Too Deserve an Olive Branch

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.

The Lady’s Predicament

Aung San Suu Kyi has sacrificed her credibility to court the military and the USDP, with no quid pro quo to show for her compromises.

Burma’s Military Milestone

Far from a cause for celebration, Burma’s 70th Armed Forces Day was a salient reminder of the military’s failure to reform.

Old Laws, Same Military

Recent repression in Myanmar is being directed by the military, which retains control of the laws and institutions it used to dismantle past pro-democracy movements.

Amid a Fragile Peace, Uncertainty and Enduring Scars

Tamalar Paw and Thar Doh are desperate to see peace in their ethnic Karen State—more so, they say, than those tasked with achieving it.

In Thein Sein’s BBC Interview, the Apology That Never Was

With the public still angry over police brutality against students protesting northwest of Rangoon, Burma’s President Thein Sein misses a chance to make amends.

Suu Kyi, Singapore and the Ties That Bind

Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, has died. In this 2013 article, Editor-in-Chief Aung Zaw reflects on the enduring ties between Burma and Singapore.

A Shadow of Deceit Hangs Over Info Ministry

A curious shadow sheds light on the ethical moorings of a ministry that makes a point of lecturing Burma’s young press corps on scrupulous journalism.

KIA, Govt Meeting Could Signal Shift in Peace Process

Naypyidaw appears to be changing tack as the Kokang conflict escalates and is reaching out to the Kachin rebels in order to stem the fighting.

Where is the Red Cross?

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 Border Bombing, What’s Next for Burma and China?

Burma is under major Chinese diplomatic, military and political pressure to deal with the bombing death of four civilians in Yunnan.

Public Polling is Essential in Burma’s Democratic Transformation

The Burmese government needs the ability to measure public opinion, a critical force in shaping and transforming society.

Our Rivers Are Not for Sale

Burma needs to rethink an energy policy based on dams, which threatens to see millions of local lives disrupted in order to satisfy foreign markets.

Police Training Is Wrong Prescription for Systemic Ill

Questions and a reevaluation are warranted after a police force receiving training from the EU brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors in Burma this week.