OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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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In Memory of Uncle Win Tin, My Neighbor

A prominent ethnic Chin activist pays tribute to Win Tin, the Burmese democracy activist who lived near her home in Rangoon.

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Burma’s government has created more space for journalists to do their work, but its mindset remains as narrow as ever.

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Van Sui Chin and Myanmar’s Lost Generations

The government needs to radically rethink its policies on education if it wants the country’s best and brightest to help it build a better future.

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Through Win Tin’s Looking Glass: Insights From 2012

Two years ago, the Burmese democracy activist spoke with an independent researcher about the NLD’s long-term viability, Burma’s Asean chairmanship, constitutional reform and more.

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Obama Travels to Asia, But Future of Trade Pact Is Uncertain

The fate of the U.S.’s long-gestating Trans-Pacific Partnership might prove a serious indicator of the success or failure of Obama’s Asian pivot policy.

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A former International Red Cross official recalls meeting Win Tin in prison in 1999, the first time he was allowed a visitor in 10 years.

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