OPINION - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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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Take Care With Constitutional Reform

Constitutional change is crucial, and we should be careful that any attempt to achieve it is not counterproductive.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Ethnic Groups’ Laiza Talks

As a conference of Burma’s ethnic minority groups in Kachin State enters day three, a debate is heating up among key participants.

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