Editorial - The Irrawaddy
Please, General, Keep Your Promise

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has promised the military will abide by the results of the election. The nation can’t afford otherwise.

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It’s Time for the NLD to Reciprocate the Public’s Faith

Whatever slender hopes Aung San Suu Kyi had of maneuvering her way into the presidency are dashed. What now?

Submarines on the Shopping List

The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.

The Students Too Deserve an Olive Branch

With this week’s historic peace deal, another gesture toward national reconciliation is in order: the immediate release of students in Burma jailed for peacefully protesting.

Where is the Red Cross?

There has been no indication that the International Red Cross is using its influence to request access to political prisoners from the Letpadan student protests.

The More Things Change…

After violent crackdowns on student protests in Burma, many are no doubt wondering whether the country’s much vaunted political reforms are back to square one.

More Questions than Answers in Kokang Dilemma

After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.

Time to Stamp out Hate-Speech

After yet more hate-filled invective from controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu, the government should show it is serious about tackling all forms of incitement to hatred.

Keeping Burma’s ‘Reformers’ Honest in 2015

To many Burmese who had looked to 2014 with cautious optimism, the year has hardly been inspiring, leading to the question: Where are we heading?

The Shape of Things to Come

Hope deferred may be the legacy of 2014, but desire for a just society in Burma will not be diminished by this year’s unfulfilled promises.

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.”

After three years of war, fighting continues and recently distrust between the sides deepened. Both sides should build up trust and resume negotiations in earnest.

President Thein Sein has not shown any indication that he is serious about amendments, but the clock is ticking and we’re tired of waiting.

Burma’s government has created more space for journalists to do their work, but its mindset remains as narrow as ever.

The Irrawaddy condemns the recent imprisonment of a reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma.

There is no good reason for Aung San Suu Kyi to remain aloof from the conflicts wracking the country she hopes to lead.

Until Burma’s government calls the armed forces to heel, the country’s prospects of achieving lasting peace and progress look dim.

After the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in central Burma many cynics believe we have finally seen the true colors of “reformist” President Thein Sein.

The Obama administration’s decision to take a more nuanced approach to Burma has worked so far, but maintaining the right balance will not be easy.

President Thein Sein sends emissaries to greet former political prisoners who led the 1988 democracy uprising but his own camp rests in the balance.

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