Noone doubts the elections are a sham, but a closer look at the complexities of Burma’s political landscape and you may see potential for change
All evidence suggests that elections in Burma this year will usher in a new era of ‘bulletocracy’, one that Southeast Asian leaders appear only too keen to welcome
The UN’s terminal frustration with Burma is not enough, and repeated attempts to inject legitimacy into the elections are misdirected
While Singapore’s leaders shed crocodile tears and sermonise Burma’s generals on the need for free elections, should they not be looking at their own backyard?
There are signs that the Southeast Asia bloc is growing increasingly impatient with Burma although it remains to be seen whether this translates into action
So much of the Burma election picture is unknown, although we must be wary of the all-controlling Election Commission
Controversial laws draw the ire of the international community, as Burma’s foreign minister waxes lyrical on the merits of ‘tolerance’
The international community is desperate to believe the lies of Burma’s rulers, so in the coming weeks expect more so-called concessions from Naypyidaw