OPINION
editorial
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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

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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.

Commentary
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Of Monks and Military Men The Saffron Revolution showcased Burma’s monks at their best, but that moral standing has been eroded by a manipulative old guard that still holds power.

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26 Years After Coup, Military Still in the Driving Seat on Road to Reform Exactly 26 years ago the military seized power, and to this day former and active generals control the pace and extent of Burma’s democratic reforms.

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The Dangers of Reporting on Nepotism 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.”

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Rewriting the History of Late Prime Minister Soe Win A new book on the late prime minister and top general Soe Win provides a misleading account of his career in Burma’s former military regime.

contributor
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Why Tin Aye Put the ‘Bye’ in Burma’s By-Elections The cancellation of by-elections slated for later this year is an ominous sign from an election commission chairman whose independence was already suspect.

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In Burma, Student Unions Must Learn Their Place By pursuing national causes ranging from land rights to ethnic reconciliation, Burma’s university student unions have lost sight of their primary purpose: ensuring students’ rights.

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From Berlin to Burma, Democracy’s Uneven March While the Berlin Wall is long gone, barriers erected by Burma’s former military junta continue to impede the country’s progress toward genuine democratic governance.