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Burmese Pleased with President's Speech, but Doubts Linger

Friday, March 2, 2012
Most Burmese said they were impressed by President Thein Sein's speech to Parliament on Thursday, but not everyone is convinced he can.

Thein Sein: Burma's Future President?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Kyaw Zwa Moe wrote an article speculating who would be the president of Burma in the future. The article, which was published in the Nov. issue of Irrawaddy Magazine in 2006, is republished here.

Election Reignites Ethnic Tensions

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The seizure of two Burmese border towns by ethnic rebels is a significant move in the ethnic armed struggle of the past 20 years, and the attacks are a byproduct of the junta's controversial election.

Portraits from the Border

Saturday, May 1, 2010
KYAW ZWA MOE returns from the Thai-Burmese border with some affecting stories he heard from refugees there.

Nudging the Junta toward Democracy

Thursday, November 5, 2009
KYAW ZWA MOE asks what the international community and the opposition can do to ensure that next year’s election puts Burma on the road to genuine political reform.

Burmese Citizens are Angry, but Silent

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The spontaneous sign of respect by international diplomats last week, who rose to their feet when Suu Kyi walked into the courtroom, was a silent gesture that spoke louder than words.

Explosive Art from Burma

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Weapons play a central, symbolic role in the work of Rangoon artist San Minn, now on show in Chiang Mai.

A Journey to another World

Thursday, February 5, 2009
More than 148,000 refugees from the fighting in Burma huddle in the shelter of 10 camps along the Thai-Burmese border, most of them denied any hope of starting new lives in the outside world or of ever returning to a free homeland. Two writers for The Irrawaddy visited two border camps for a special series. Kyaw Zwa Moe reports first of all from Karenni Refugee Camp-1.

The Price of Disunity

Thursday, August 7, 2008
Burma’s democracy movement needs some serious soul-searching, says KYAW ZWA MOE, if it hopes to secure its aims.

Putting Compassion into Action

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
For Sitagu Sayadaw, Cyclone Nargis provided the perfect opportunity to teach his followers about the importance of acting on their better instincts. KYAW ZWA MOE reports.

Constitutional Conundrum

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
As Burmese wonder what to make of the coming constitutional referendum, KYAW ZWA MOE examines their hopes and concerns.

Faces of 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007
Groups of pro-democracy activists, monks, political and ethnic leaders and ordinary citizens made many sacrifices for freedom in the 2007 uprising. They are all heroes. The Irrawaddy reviews the people and groups that made a difference, including the anti-democratic forces.

Where There’s Struggle, There’s Hope

Thursday, November 1, 2007
The September 2007 uprising was a struggle between the sons of Buddha and the forces of darkness and repression. Kyaw Zwa Moe remembers the students’ uprising in 1988 and asks what can be done to stop this regime of terror.

No Soft Touch

Friday, October 5, 2007
Women activists were prominent in the protest demonstrations, continuing the role they have always played in Burma’s political history. Kyaw Zwa Moe pays tribute to the strong women of Burma, many of whom have been imprisoned for daring to speak out against injustice.

Monks March as Boycott Begins—Authorities Use Tear Gas

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monks in Rangoon and other cities across Burma began their threatened boycott of members of the ruling military regime and their families on Tuesday, and also participated in peaceful marches.

Leading Activist in Hiding Warns of Dangerous Days Ahead

Monday, September 17, 2007
A leading Burmese activist who has been in hiding for weeks says that potential protest demonstrations in coming days will probably be organized better than those in the 1988 nationwide pro-democracy uprising but the prospect of bloodshed is high.

Burmese Authorities Hunt Down Key Activists

Saturday, August 25, 2007
Burmese authorities are desperately hunting down key activists following what has been a series of small, guerilla-style protests that began last Sunday. One of the authorities' major weapons has been to conduct thorough searches of their homes and confiscate "illegal items."

Burma’s Brain Drain

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Skepticism over North Korean Ship’s Mission

Thursday, May 24, 2007
May 24, 2007—Observers in Burma reacted with skepticism on Thursday to a statement by the country’s military government saying a North Korean ship that took shelter from a storm near Rangoon carried no suspicious cargo.

Press Freedom Day Means Nothing to Burma’s Censors (Article)

Thursday, May 3, 2007
May 03, 2007—A reddish rose on a black background may indeed not be the ideal color combination for the cover of a book, but that judgment doesn’t originate with an artist, layout designer or photographer.

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