OPINION
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Submarines on the Shopping List The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.

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The Students Too Deserve an Olive Branch With this week’s historic peace deal, another gesture toward national reconciliation is in order: the immediate release of students in Burma jailed for peacefully protesting.

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Saving the Spirit of Shwedagon Numerous critics have expressed concern about five development projects in the vicinity of the country’s most famous religious icon. Planning reform in Rangoon is long

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Unity Needed in Karen Cause The Karen pride themselves on their commitment and their patriotism, and yet there have been many setbacks in their struggle for greater autonomy.

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Intrigue and an iPad A recent photograph on social media is the latest source of speculation over former junta leader Than Shwe.

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In Panglong, ‘Union Spirit’ Monument Lies in Chauvinistic Shadow A towering pagoda dwarfs a monument celebrating the sense of national unity enshrined in the Panglong Agreement, but the story doesn’t end there.

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Burma’s Looming Power Struggles Why are there protests against coal-fired power projects when most of Burma’s rural population is off the grid, living in darkness?

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After 19 Years Behind Bars, Journalist Win Tin’s Fiery Spirit Is Far From Broken On the anniversary of Win Tin’s death, The Irrawaddy revisits this archived article wherein another former political prisoner, Kay Latt, pays tribute to his resilience.

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How One Father’s Letters to the Government Got Him Convicted Members of Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic write that shortly after his daughter’s death, Brang Shawng wrote two letters that would eventually be deemed criminal.

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