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.
Recent action by US Congressmen on National Defense Authorization Act related to US-Burma military relations limits—rather than expands—future cooperation.
RANGOON — TheMinistry of Information has indicated that it will not accept our publications’ use of the English spelling “The Irrawaddy,” a trademarked and registered company in Burma, as we apply to renew our publishing licenses this month. An MoI statement, published in state-run dailies in Burmese and English on Tuesday, said use of The […]
The rare conviction of a soldier in civilian court shows how the criminal justice system is slowly taking a stand against the country’s still-powerful military.
Corruption isn’t just a moral issue. If good economics is about the efficient allocation of resources, then corruption tends towards the opposite.
Burma’s ethnic armed groups should take a practical approach to peace negotiations or risk losing leverage in post-ceasefire political dialogue, says adviser Ashley South.
Norway’s role in Burma has significantly changed in recent years, transforming from a staunch supporter of pro-democratic forces to an important business investor.
A political triumvirate in Burma maneuvers to stay on top amid a democratic reform process that continues to throw curveballs.
Whatever form the dialogue on constitutional change takes, what’s most important is that the discussion is substantive and its participants approach the matter genuinely.
As Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, gears up for her first official trip to China, myths abound about her party’s motivations.
As US President Barack Obama concludes his second visit to Burma, many in the pro-democracy movement slam his ringing endorsement of President Thein Sein.
While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.
If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.
Before receiving US President Barack Obama, Burmese pundits welcome his administration’s decision to blacklist one of the ruling party’s most powerful and notorious lawmakers.
Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.
The killing of Aung Kyaw Naing in military custody in Mon State belies the government’s claim that “considerable progress” has been made on human rights.