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.
If the government cannot contain U Wirathu and protect Ko Swe Win, the public will question whether the nationalist monk is above the law.
As member of Ma Ba Tha files case against Ko Swe Win, Lawi Weng probes the injustices that let those spreading hate speech target journalists.
More caution toward the peace process is expected from the new command.
A press briefing on the investigation into U Ko Ni’s killing receives thumbs-down from many public and political observers.
As long as Burma tries to bury its past, a future in which individuals can live peacefully without fear is impossible.
If powerful figures were involved in the killing, the mastermind behind the lawyer’s murder may never be brought to justice.