OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Is Burma Serious About Media Freedom?

Recent setbacks in media freedom are threatening the success of Burma’s reforms and gains it has made in improving its international reputation.

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Amid More Delays, Rivalries Divide Burma’s Ethnic Groups

The nationwide ceasefire conference has been pushed back again, to March, and ethnic leaders speculate that old rivalries are slowing the process.

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All the President’s Foul-Mouthed Men

Not for the first time in recent years, a minister is in the hot seat after comments made while meeting with villagers in central Burma.

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Following a generous World Bank pledge of assistance for health care in Myanmar, reflections on how best to strengthen the underdeveloped sector.

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After decades as the underdog, does Myanmar’s future now look brighter than that of its hitherto more fortunate neighbor?

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Tatmadaw ‘Fearless and Blameless,’ Proclaims a Presidential Possibility

Comments from Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the Burmese military’s commander-in-chief and a potential presidential aspirant, stoke fears among the country’s ethnic armed rebel groups.

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Letter from the Editor

Until recently, readers inside the country were beyond our reach, but The Irrawaddy has now completed its first full year of operations in Myanmar.

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A New Burma in Old Hands

Burma is a country reborn, but without constitutional change it will achieve only a faux democracy controlled by former military rulers.

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Beijing’s relations with the democracy icon have not always been smooth, especially after 1990, and it remains to be seen how ties will mend.

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New ‘Mangrove Parks’ Can Help Conserve Burma’s Threatened Forests

The growth of rice cultivation has come at a price, but two proposed areas will aim to preserve under-threat estuarine ecosystems.

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The Burma Peace Process, as Seen by Civilians

Burma observers and internally displaced persons are skeptical about ongoing talks between the government and ethnic armed groups.

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At SEA Games Stage, China Casts a Long Shadow

Hoping to show off at the regional sporting event, Burmese leaders turn to an old friend with plenty of resources and reasons to invest.

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What Burma Should Learn From Nelson Mandela

When invoking memory becomes a political strategy, society suffers from a lack of imagination. It’s a lesson South Africa’s anti-apartheid crusader knew well.

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Waiting for Our ‘Mandela Moment’

On a weekend when many are reflecting on an inspirational life that was, Burma is still waiting for its “Mandela moment.”

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When Listening Is Not Enough

One journalist’s portrait of Thein Sein is just one product of a media-savvy team behind the scenes of the former general’s much-lauded presidency.

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Since our inception of Max Myanmar Group back in 1993, we were never involved in any sorts of timber related business.

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Thailand’s Political Palimpsest

Despite Thailand’s trappings of modernity, particularly when it comes to politics, the country’s tribal roots remain all-too-visible.

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Is Suu Kyi Fighting a Losing Battle?

Aung San Suu Kyi’s efforts to amend the Constitution in time for elections two years from now show no signs of succeeding.

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Uncle Sam Returns to the Philippines

The US and Chinese humanitarian aid responses to the devastating cyclone in the Philippines offers a portrait in soft power contrasts.

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The revelation that the US uses its Asian embassies for spying has upset some, but intelligence cooperation works both ways.

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