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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 […]

Civilian Justice Trumps Military Impunity in Myanmar

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. 

The Right Kind of Generosity

Corruption isn’t just a moral issue. If good economics is about the efficient allocation of resources, then corruption tends towards the opposite.

Where Next in Burma’s Peace Process?

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 Changiang Role in Burma: Driven by Peace or Business?

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.

Playing Ball in Burma’s Big Leagues

A political triumvirate in Burma maneuvers to stay on top amid a democratic reform process that continues to throw curveballs.

Walking the Walk

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.

Myths of Suu Kyi’s Mysterious Trip to China

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.

Obama’s Second Burma Visit Falls Flat

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.

US Must Address Rights Concerns Before Further Engagement

While the US should be commended for backing Burma’s democratic transition, future support should be conditional on further political reforms.

Obama’s Chance to Make Burma a Genuine Foreign Policy Success

If the Obama Administration wants to vindicate its decision to engage with the Burmese government, it must continue to demand human rights protections.

Aung Thaung: Why Now, Why Him and Who’s Next?

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.

From Top Brass to a Bureaucratic Class

Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.

Death of an Activist-Reporter

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.

Does Burma’s Army Still Hold a License to Kill?

The way Burma’s government handles the killing of journalist Aung Kyaw Naing by the military will be a telling indicator of its reformist credentials.

Burmese Media Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It is time to ask some questions about why journalists in Burma continue to face arbitrary arrests for attempting to do their jobs.

Polishing Myanmar’s Colonial Gem

Proper urban planning for Yangon must be a top priority, and is absolutely essential if it is to be a truly great 21st century city.

Of Monks and Military Men

The Saffron Revolution showcased Burma’s monks at their best, but that moral standing has been eroded by a manipulative old guard that still holds power.

In Burma, Student Unions Must Learn Their Place

By pursuing national causes ranging from land rights to ethnic reconciliation, Burma’s university student unions have lost sight of their primary purpose: ensuring students’ rights.

26 Years After Coup, Military Still in the Driving Seat on Road to Reform

Exactly 26 years ago the military seized power, and to this day former and active generals control the pace and extent of Burma’s democratic reforms.