Unlike the military’s caretaker government of 1958-60, the present regime’s corrupt and violent administration faces unprecedented resistance from the people.
U Bo Gyi, who was hounded by the previous junta for his work, died a monk. He was 89.
Many people are refusing Chinese vaccines, citing concerns over their effectiveness and saying they won’t accept help from an ally of the military regime.
Myanmar’s military and Lukashenko’s autocratic regime have been quietly building ties, focused on arms sales, for over a decade; contact remains close following the coup.
Karenni Nationalities Defense Force spokesman Khu Daniel tells The Irrawaddy that the experienced armed group will stand by the people.
The Rawang people’s militia near the Chinese border is reportedly forcing villagers to fight the Kachin Independence Army and the NLD’s new forces.
Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?
Historic show of defiance against military dictatorship expected to rival ‘Four Eights’ uprising of three decades ago.
Companies, especially foreign businesses, are putting investment plans on hold and some have suspended production in the wake of Monday’s military coup.
If the military were to stage a coup, they would be digging their own graves—but Myanmar people have grown to expect the unexpected.
The Chinese ambassador said the beginning of the NLD government’s next term coincides with the launch of Beijing’s new five-year plan, presenting economic opportunities.
A flawed voting process selected a rubber-stamp parliament while Myanmar was under British colonial rule. But it did introduce concepts of democracy to the population.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks international observers who have been following the country’s political issues for years for their views on the Nov. 8 election.
To mark this week’s 16th anniversary of the former military junta’s arrest of its own notorious security chief, Khin Nyunt, The Irrawaddy revisits a commentary from 2008.