Burma’s political system is stacked against new faces, so a similar outcome to the Indonesian elections should not be expected next year.
Seeds of religious prejudice were planted long ago—in part through government-approved, racist publications—and we are now living through the consequences.
Recent inter-communal violence is just the latest event to distract attention in Burma from the real problems the country should be tackling.
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.
Many Burmese can’t help think it’s ironic that Thailand and Burma have traded places as military-run countries, yet they are concerned over the Thai coup.
On Rangoon’s Ady Road, the EU Ambassador to Burma is renting an expensive, sumptuous villa from the family of former Burmese dictator Ne Win.
Following Burma’s opening up, UN donor agencies have rapidly expanded operations, but they find themselves boosting an economy owned by ex-generals, drug lords and cronies.
Few countries have reengaged with Burma’s government faster than Norway. But some democracy activists wonder how Oslo’s approach is advancing democratic reform and peace.
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.
Today’s funeral for Win Tin will reveal much about the true feelings of the self-styled “reformists” in Burma’s government.
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.
The president shows support as a famous Burmese activist ties the knot, but has the government actually moved past PR?
As the reform process loses momentum, foreign diplomats and donors should not be fooled by political manipulation or the progress of three years ago.
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.
On the eve of Armed Forces Day, speculation swirls that a meeting among the “big four” in Burma’s politics may be nigh.
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.
Despite ending official censorship, Burma’s government is still firmly in control of the media, and is now making it even harder for journalists to do their job.
Burma’s former dictator didn’t just destroy Burma through his own misrule, but also by appointing a successor who was as bad or worse.
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.
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.