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?
14 The News For 14 October 2019
Under the NLD government, inflation has rebounded after an initial fall, while prices have risen steadily. The Irrawaddy’s infographics illustrate key data since 2016.
As insurgent threats mount, the military’s calls for a top-level security meeting grow louder.
To capitalize on the existing momentum in the peace process, the Myanmar Army should extend the unilateral ceasefire it terminated in mid-September.
China’s involvement in Myanmar’s peace process is guided by strategic self-interest, even as it benefits from the conflicts through arms sales and resource extraction.
While they value the business, locals in the tourism industry say the govt opened the door to mass tourism from China without considering cultural, environmental impacts.
Ethnic leaders say the ruling party’s new Ethnic Affairs Committee is evidence that the NLD would rather compete for votes than cooperate with ethnic parties.
Under the 2008 Constitution, if the USDP and its allies win 26 percent of Parliament seats, the army chief could become president without even running for office.
Building dykes to protect the flood-prone site of the mega-project will cost an estimated $100 million—and that doesn’t cover the inevitable impact on surrounding areas.
The neglect of Myanmar scholarship by women and local authors impoverishes our understanding of the country; a new online resource seeks to address the problem.
Is Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s display of religious tolerance pre-election maneuvering, or should the military’s calls for national unity be cause for optimism?
The leaders of history’s great struggles didn’t stop to ask themselves the ‘score’ at any given point; they kept their eyes on the prize and never gave up.
Foreign direct investment in the country has increased sharply this year, but concerns over infrastructure, unclear procedures and the Rakhine issue remain.
Life as I knew it ended when the military regime jailed me, but I left prison in 1999 with new strengths; many in Myanmar have undergone a rebirth of one kind or another.
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