On the eve of the commencement of the new National League for Democracy (NLD)-dominated Parliament, The Irrawaddy revisits a story from the archives which took
To ensure influence at home and abroad—and with the presidency currently off-limits—Aung San Suu Kyi may opt to assume the role of Burma’s foreign minister.
The meeting between the two towering political figures, long at odds over Burma’s political future, raises hopes for a smooth transfer of power.
Thein Sein has played the game well, guiding a “reform” process that keeps the establishment powers on side. Will this count in his favor post-November?
The opposition National League for Democracy’s handling of candidate selections for Burma’s upcoming general election risks fracturing the country’s democracy movement.
Burma’s upcoming election must be different, in that unlike the country’s previous two nationwide votes, it must respect the will of the people.
The president’s decision to terminate the controversial highrise projects near Shwedagon Pagoda offered relief for many Burmese who treasure their cultural heritage.
Burma’s leaders would do well to pick up a copy of reggae artist Saw Poe Kwar’s newest album, a musical manifesto in defense of love.
A towering pagoda dwarfs a monument celebrating the sense of national unity enshrined in the Panglong Agreement, but the story doesn’t end there.
One year to the day since Burma lost one of its leading intellectual figures, Win Tin, The Irrawaddy looks back on his enduring legacy.