Ethnically aligned political parties say proposals to change the country’s electoral system are not in their best interest.
President Thein Sein’s government can and must act to stop the acts of sexual violence committed by Tatmadaw soldiers in Burma’s ethnic states.
Burma’s political system is stacked against new faces, so a similar outcome to the Indonesian elections should not be expected next year.
Washington should be posing the same tough questions that Burmese journalists now sentenced to 10 years in prison for their reporting have dared to ask.
Seeds of religious prejudice were planted long ago—in part through government-approved, racist publications—and we are now living through the consequences.
After journalists were imprisoned for writing about a secret military installation in Magwe Division, experts are concerned about what could be produced at the site.
Given how much the international community has staked on President Thein Sein, it is surprising how little scrutiny of him there has been.
An official from the Myanmar Peace Center says risk-taking in necessary for peace, but a risk-adverse mentality often overshadows peace processes.
To avoid a highly volatile situation in 2015, the country’s ruling and opposition politicians would do well do strike a cooperative pre-election deal.
Rather than enriching the people responsible for the country’s situation, doesn’t the international aid industry have an obligation to help Burma break from dictatorship?
A harsh sentence handed down to journalists for reporting on an alleged chemical weapons factory serves as a reminder that Burma is still an “enemy of the press.”
Recent inter-communal violence is just the latest event to distract attention in Burma from the real problems the country should be tackling.
Western powers pay homage to the opposition leader but would likely prefer that Burma’s next government is similar to the present one.
The government and security forces have primary responsibility for controlling the violence, but preventing it is a task for all.
As Burma burns, the rest of the world continues to act as if it believes the country’s rulers are sincere about bringing democratic change.
There are many reasons why Burma’s electoral system should not be changed, at least for now, in a country just emerging from decades of dictatorship.
If the international community wants to help achieve democracy, it will support independent journalists, not the “new and improved” state media.
The visiting Australian foreign minister should show Burma support for genuine reform, but stress that it needs to end hatred, violence and exclusion of minorities.
A longtime Burmese educator reflects on the purpose of schooling in Burma, calling for less emphasis on exams and more emphasis on critical thinking.
Introducing a proportional representation system could help the Burma Army establish itself as a cohesive legislative block in the face of a more fractured opposition.