Nazi symbolism is trendy in parts of Burma today, at a time when real-life fascists are becoming a disturbing part of the political landscape.
The tragic death of 13 children at a Muslim school on Tuesday has highlighted the deepening mistrust between Burma's Buddhist and Muslim communities.
At least 40 people have been killed and many more houses, buildings and mosques destroyed; the government needs to identify and act against the instigators.
The past year has brought both positive developments and disappointments as the Burmese government and people adjust to rapidly changing circumstances.
Eight years after ex-spy chief Khin Nyunt said, “Don't read The Irrawaddy,” the magazine is set to be distributed inside Burma for the first time.
Burma’s government is tarnishing its reformist credentials by continuing to use the threat of prison to intimidate its critics.
Protests against the Letpadaung copper mine aim to push Burma's government to go further with its efforts to undo the legacy of the military-ruled past.
Violence in Burma's western state of Arakan is threatening to derail the country's nascent and unstable reform process.
Despite recent reforms, Burma remains one of the most restricted countries in the world in terms of press freedoms.
By ensuring that President Thein Sein's visit to the US is a success, Aung San Suu Kyi is clearing the way for further reforms.