As US President Barack Obama concludes his second visit to Burma, many in the pro-democracy movement slam his ringing endorsement of President Thein Sein.
Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.
The way Burma’s government handles the killing of journalist Aung Kyaw Naing by the military will be a telling indicator of its reformist credentials.
After investigating a secret business deal between Rangoon’s chief minister and two relatively unknown Chinese cronies, The Irrawaddy finds itself on a new “blacklist.”
In the past, when the opposition leader said something, world leaders listened, but these days Washington seems to have shifted its priorities.
To democracy advocates’ chagrin, Burma’s record of martial leadership is likely to continue through the next presidential election.
Burma’s political system is stacked against new faces, so a similar outcome to the Indonesian elections should not be expected next year.
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.