It would be ill-advised for the government to dismiss negotiating with the newly formed ethnic negotiating committee, writes contributor Saw Kapi.
The Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army should take urgent steps to stop recruiting and using children, says contributor Charu Lata Hogg.
Few facts have emerged since troops from India carried out a cross-border attack on insurgents, but Burma government’s account is the easiest to refute.
In some cases, it is appropriate for the Burmese government to set boundaries on religious interventions in secular affairs.
Enlisting international expertise and spending tens of millions of dollars does not appear to have helped avert an unfolding voter registration fiasco in Burma.
Lahpai Seng Raw delivers the keynote address, reproduced here in full, at an event commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Kachin conflict.
Why are there protests against coal-fired power projects when most of Burma’s rural population is off the grid, living in darkness?
On the anniversary of Win Tin’s death, The Irrawaddy revisits this archived article wherein another former political prisoner, Kay Latt, pays tribute to his resilience.
Members of Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic write that shortly after his daughter’s death, Brang Shawng wrote two letters that would eventually be deemed criminal.
While the government relishes its accomplishments, Burma’s ethnic groups must prepare for what will still be a long and thorny path to peace.
Aung San Suu Kyi has sacrificed her credibility to court the military and the USDP, with no quid pro quo to show for her compromises.
Far from a cause for celebration, Burma’s 70th Armed Forces Day was a salient reminder of the military’s failure to reform.
Recent repression in Myanmar is being directed by the military, which retains control of the laws and institutions it used to dismantle past pro-democracy movements.
Burma is under major Chinese diplomatic, military and political pressure to deal with the bombing death of four civilians in Yunnan.
The Burmese government needs the ability to measure public opinion, a critical force in shaping and transforming society.
Burma needs to rethink an energy policy based on dams, which threatens to see millions of local lives disrupted in order to satisfy foreign markets.
Questions and a reevaluation are warranted after a police force receiving training from the EU brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors in Burma this week.
Government conspiracy theories over the motivations of student protesters fail to address the Burmese public’s genuine grievances or offer any viable solutions.
The crackdown on student protestors and a rise in ethnic conflict do not bode well for Burma’s democratic elections—how will the international community respond?
The new student protest movement marks the first national grassroots movement in 25 years that stands outside the established opposition.