OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine

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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The Funeral of a Lion

Win Tin, whose funeral is held in Rangoon on Wednesday, remained unbroken despite nearly two decades in prison, and told his jailers to go to hell.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Honor a Burmese Hero!

Today’s funeral for Win Tin will reveal much about the true feelings of the self-styled “reformists” in Burma’s government.

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Win Tin’s Lessons for Burma

Burma has much to learn from the life of veteran journalist and pro-democracy activist Win Tin, a man of integrity who passed away on Monday.

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Win Tin: Burma’s Revolutionary Journalist

Win Tin was a true believer in democracy and press freedom. His unrelenting, sharp criticism of Burma’s past and current government will be greatly missed.

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The Irrawaddy condemns the recent imprisonment of a reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma.

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In remarks this week, Burma’s national election commission chairman has indicated that the ruling party of ex-generals will not play fair during the 2015 elections.

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The Burma Army’s Attempt at Unity

As servicemen pay respect to retired army chiefs, it is clear that Burma’s military is safeguarding its interests by ensuring friendly relations with former leaders.

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More than a Wedding Gift

The president shows support as a famous Burmese activist ties the knot, but has the government actually moved past PR?

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