Opinion - The Irrawaddy
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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A Tip for Dealing With Burma’s Government

As the reform process loses momentum, foreign diplomats and donors should not be fooled by political manipulation or the progress of three years ago.

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Finding Freedom With a Fake Passport

For many Myanmar dissidents living in exile, forged travel documents were the only thing standing between them and prison.

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On Divided Societies, Democracy and Federalism

As discussions about constitutional reform and a more federated political system for Burma heat up, a look at nine theses on challenges the country faces.

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When Religious Diversity Was Embraced in Burma

Religion in Burma has been besmirched by an opportunistic few who seek to exploit it, but interreligious tensions have not always plagued the country.

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Why Burma Is Heading Downhill Fast

Rivalries among the political elite are exacerbating divides and allowing urgent problems to fester. Can anyone stop the rot?

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Shine’s Off the Apple as Burma Govt Marks Three Years

An increasingly skeptical public sees a “new Burma” where power remains in the same old hands, and “problems of the past” are still present-day realities.

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Will Armed Forces Day Bring Burma’s ‘Big Four’ Together at Last?

On the eve of Armed Forces Day, speculation swirls that a meeting among the “big four” in Burma’s politics may be nigh.

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The Census: Another Complexity in Burma?

The inclusion of a question on ethnicity in the country’s first census for 30 years is causing consternation among Burma’s many ethnic groups.

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Managing Naypyidaw: Ensuring the Success of Transition

Does President Thein Sein embody the “paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will” that is said to be the recipe for truly great leaders?

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