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Thursday, January 1, 2015

The international community must press the Burmese government to go further in its top-down program of democratic reform.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Whatever form the dialogue on constitutional change takes, what’s most important is that the discussion is substantive and its participants approach the matter genuinely.

Friday, November 14, 2014

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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Decades of military appointments to key positions in government have left Myanmar’s administrative apparatus in tatters.

Monday, October 27, 2014

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the past, when the opposition leader said something, world leaders listened, but these days Washington seems to have shifted its priorities.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To democracy advocates’ chagrin, Burma’s record of martial leadership is likely to continue through the next presidential election.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Burma’s political system is stacked against new faces, so a similar outcome to the Indonesian elections should not be expected next year.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

If the international community wants to help achieve democracy, it will support independent journalists, not the “new and improved” state media.

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