On the 27th anniversary of the coup that toppled Gen. Ne Win’s government, another look at some of the colorful characters who took the reins.
Bertil Lintner: ‘They Don’t Just Want a Ceasefire, They Want to Talk About the Future of the Country’
The Irrawaddy speaks with journalist Bertil Lintner about the prospects for peace in Burma, the role of foreign interests and the issue of federalism.
In the second installment of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Professor Larry Diamond, the democracy scholar discusses the challenges faced by Burma’s democratic opposition.
The Irrawaddy speaks with Stanford University Professor Larry Diamond about the electoral implications of Shwe Mann’s fall from grace.
Political theorist Francis Fukuyama discusses the challenges awaiting Burma’s democratic opposition ahead of the November general election.
It was 27 years ago that students led a massive uprising against military rule in Burma—an event that has shaped an entire generation.
The century-old Chin Tsong Palace, known locally as “Kanbawza Yeiktha,” was designated as a cultural heritage site by Burma’s Ministry of Culture last week.
With Myanmar’s political dynamics up in the air ahead of elections in November, China has opened its arms to the influential opposition leader.
The Irrawaddy’s Editor in Chief Aung Zaw speaks with Gen. Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army about recent conflicts and Burma’s prospects for peace.
As Norwegian King Harald V wraps up a state visit to Burma, The Irrawaddy reflects on the changing relationship between the two nations.
A flamboyant Chinese tycoon left behind a lavish colonial-era palace in central Rangoon.
An army past has long been the businessman's best asset—but the rules of the game may now be shifting.
With searching renewed this month at the Yangon and Bago rivers’ confluence, The Irrawaddy looks back at some of the lore surrounding the Dhammazedi Bell.
As Yangon’s Golden Valley enjoys an unexpected cash bonanza, questions around some surprise beneficiaries of the current reform period are unlikely to go away.
The legend of the Dhammazedi Bell, supposedly lost in the murky Yangon River, has long chimed with dreamers and schemers alike.