OPINION
editorial
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More Questions than Answers in Kokang Dilemma After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.

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Time to Stamp out Hate-Speech After yet more hate-filled invective from controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu, the government should show it is serious about tackling all forms of incitement to hatred.

Commentary
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Min Aung Hlaing’s Putsch Burma’s Commander-in-Chief is no stranger to conflict near the China border. Did he foresee recent clashes that would kill dozens of his own men?

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Peng Jiasheng’s Fall from Grace Peng Jiasheng, the Kokang leader heavily involved in the drug trade, was once a darling of the military government—now he’s on its most wanted list.

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Of Teachers and Tea Shops A high school reunion in Rangoon sparks memories of life lessons from the classroom and on the streets.

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Light at the End of the Tunnel? There is no shortcut to a free and prosperous country, writes Irrawaddy founding editor Aung Zaw.

contributor
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Education Reform: Towards an Inclusive Approach As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.

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The Kokang Conflict: How Will China Respond? With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.

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Toward a More Perfect Union The legacy and continued dominance of the ethnic Bamar in Myanmar, and enduring chauvinism, are major obstacles to national reconciliation in an immensely diverse country.