Talk of reform by Burma’s president is nothing new. Instead Thein Sein is deploying tactics used so frequently by Than Shwe and Ne Win
Can Burma’s President, Thein Sein emulate Indonesia’s former President Habibie and diverge from his military mentor?
The international community is ignoring the plight of ethnic civilians with conflicts escalating in border regions, as the international community is blinded by nominal reforms in Naypyidaw
Will Burmese migrants working in Thailand receive the minimum wage as promised by the new government? And will the Kingdom be ‘flooded’ by migrants or a fear of them?
Any talk of dialogue between Burma’s government and the opposition must be contrasted with a lengthy record of eliminating any threat to its grip on power
Final installment looks at historical ties between Russia and Burma and whether geopolitical tensions will draw them together, or pit them as competitors
Sayad fled a witch hunt in both Burma and Malaysia and is now being held in indefinite detenton in Australia, a victim of the Gillard administration’s controversial refugee policy
Second in three-part essay explores possible alternatives to Burma’s strategic alliance with China, with one likely contender not Asian at all
Three-part essay explores Burma’s problematic relationship with China and the potential for Naypyidaw to build closer ties with another global powerhouse
Narratives of human rights abusers allow little space to explore the conditions that create our most heinous criminals, but we would benefit from a degree of empathy
The government’s use of tailor-made laws will be determined by the level of perceived political threat Aung San Suu Kyi poses in her actions
The new Thai prime minister’s intentions towards Burma remain vague, but older brother Thaksin’s historical record isn’t cause for optimism
Dhaka’s intransigence in refusing to allow protection and assistance to the Rohingya exacerbates one of the world’s most neglected crises
Will the strong statements made by Kevin Rudd about Burma’s domestic crises be followed by real action, or remain just words?
The German government is historically known for blocking moves to strengthen EU sanctions on Burma, and this shows no sign of changing
Small gains made in the social and economic development of Burma’s border regions since the ceasefires risk being erased if fighting continues
Burma’s announcement that it has stopped a Russian-backed nuclear research project is meaningless: that project never existed, but a more sinister one does
China has outflanked India in the race to coopt its southern neighbour, but has it come at the expense of Burma’s long-held neutralism?
Two disparate worlds coexist in the mountain hamlet of Loi Taileng, where the struggle for Shan independence takes many shapes
EU sanctions on Burma have had little effect, but instead of strengthening them, they are benig drastically weakened
On World Press Freedom Day today we are launching the Free Burma VJ Campaign to mobilise international support for the release of DVB’s jailed journalists
What appears to be a relaxation in media laws means the onus of censorship is passed to the journalist, but regardless, changes are afoot
Despite decades of vilification of the Burmese army, we really know so little about it. Understanding the mindset of the junta is key to unlocking Burma’s crisis
Before he was assassinated, my father Padoh Mahn Sha had long advocated for disparate Karen armies to join to fight the Burmese junta
Can a country really claim is it transitioning to civilian rule when a peaceful activist is deported for writing a biography of Than Shwe?
Contrary to media reports of a ’15-minute parliament’ where debate is stifled and MPs ignored, an openess is emerging that we haven’t seen for decades
As media and relief efforts focus on the Shan quake, nearly 4,000 people are dead or missing in Burma’s south. Why has this been ignored?
While perfectly valid to question the efficacy of sanctions, let’s take a closer look at the substance, indeed interests, behind anti-sanctions calls