As the election draws closer, it is telling that the country’s powerful military chief looms larger over the campaign than the president. The front page splashes of Thein Sein in state-run newspapers, cordially greeting diplomats and touring villages, would not appear out of place at any point in the last five years. A slick campaign […]
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has promised the military will abide by the results of the election. The nation can’t afford otherwise.
Following months of equivocation, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has firmly ruled itself in for the November election. After struggling to survive decades of political repression, the unlawful detention of its leaders and the extrajudicial killing of its members, the party can reasonably expect the year’s end to mark their finest hour—should the poll […]
Whatever slender hopes Aung San Suu Kyi had of maneuvering her way into the presidency are dashed. What now?
The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.
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.
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.
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.
After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.
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.
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?
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.
Since democratic reforms began in Burma, political observers and pundits in the country have struggled to determine who are the genuine reformists and remaining hardliners in the ruling party and government. But now, after three years, things are finally becoming clear. It appears the political situation has reverted to a more familiar black and white, […]
There is no good reason for Aung San Suu Kyi to remain aloof from the conflicts wracking the country she hopes to lead.