Once a jewel of Southeast Asia, uninhibited development, crumbling infrastructure, and unintuitive transport policies have pushed Yangon to the edge.
With Daw Aung San Suu Kyi now 72, she likely feels that there is not an extraordinary amount of time left for her to achieve her goals for Myanmar.
NLD spokesman’s ‘jokes’ about the media embarrass Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, her party and the democratic norms they champion.
Building peace and a federal democratic system are understandable priorities, but another matter too requires urgent attention, writes Kyaw Zwa Moe.
Resignations and suspensions are threatening to finish the once-formidable bloc of ethnic armed groups.
Until Burma is free from state-owned media and laws like Article 66(d), neither journalists nor citizens can freely honor World Press Freedom Day.
U Nu once famously described China and Burma as ‘the elephant and the lamb,’ and feared a Chinese invasion in the early 1950s.
The former KNU vice chairperson heads a fated attempt for the ethnic armed organization’s leadership.
The victors of the recent Karen National Union Congress see off a competing faction that has more doubts about the peace process.
The Irrawaddy’s English editor explores govt policies, leadership style, inevitable legacies, and the continued existence of dark elements in Burma.
The leader of the Arakan National Party is victorious in the by-election thanks to a potent mixture of strategy, recognition, and ethno-nationalism.
The challenge for the delegation will be to act in Burma’s national interests, and to refrain from bending to Beijing’s dominance.
Allegations that some Karen leaders have become relatively well-off have given rise to legitimate questions from their constituents.
Rumors and questions around the death of U Ko Ni continue to run rampant as the authorities fail to bring his killers to justice.
The top-down naming of a Mon State bridge—despite local objections—shows how the NLD government is wavering in its bid for national reconciliation.