OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine

Introducing a proportional representation system could help the Burma Army establish itself as a cohesive legislative block in the face of a more fractured opposition.

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Progress, Yes, but Not at Any Price

Burma needs to act boldly to build prosperity, but if we want to succeed in the long run, we need to remember that our heritage is our most precious asset.

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Deeds and Peace

When it comes to ceasefire negotiations between the government and ethnic armed groups, an ethnic Karen activist believes words are not enough.

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Words and Peace

An official at the Myanmar Peace Center says it is crucial to agree on the meaning of controversial words to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

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We Called Her ‘Mummy’

A Burmese anthropologist mourns the death of Dr. Daw Myint Myint Khin—a doctor, writer and pioneering feminist who inspired women at home and abroad.

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We Will Not Back Down

Prominent women’s rights activist Zin Mar Aung says that despite threats, she and other activists will continue to campaign against the interfaith marriage bill.

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After three years of war, fighting continues and recently distrust between the sides deepened. Both sides should build up trust and resume negotiations in earnest.

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A Thai Junta Vs a Burmese Junta—Spot the Differences

Many Burmese can’t help think it’s ironic that Thailand and Burma have traded places as military-run countries, yet they are concerned over the Thai coup.

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Govts Must Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

British Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick calls on governments around the world to support a new international protocol to investigate sexual violence in conflict.

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The Search for a Buddha without Borders

The Buddha set out to transcend the constraints of his time and place, but efforts to claim ownership of his legacy are creating new barriers.

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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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