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Fighting Corruption Begins at Home

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Burmese officials should disclose their sources of wealth if they're serious about fighting graft.

Turning Burma into Next Asian Tiger No Simple Task

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Long seen as Southeast Asia's “problem child,” Burma could emerge as a potential challenger to its more economically advanced neighbors—but only if it puts its house in order first.

A Good Beginning to the New Year

Friday, January 13, 2012
Burma is off to a fast start in 2012 with the release of many prominent political prisoners. Now it is important to use that momentum to address other important issues.

2011: The Year We've Been Waiting For?

Friday, December 30, 2011
The past year has seen some unexpected progress toward democratic reform in Burma, but it remains to be seen if these developments mark a permanent change in the country's political orientation.

The Fragility of Reforms

Friday, December 16, 2011
Until the leaders of Burma’s new government demonstrate an understanding of their past mistakes and change their fundamental view of power and governance, the reforms seen thus far can still be reversed.

Clinton the Cowboy?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Burma's people hope that visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will ride into the country firmly on the side of the good guys, ready to deliver a new style of “cowboy diplomacy”.

Another Decision Day for Suu Kyi

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tomorrow's decision on whether the National League for Democracy should re-register as a political party will once again put Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership to the test.

The House on Stilts

Monday, October 24, 2011
Until full-blown, irreversible reforms are instituted in Burma, the country will not have a firm foundation upon which it can construct a true democracy.

There’s Something Happening Here

Friday, September 16, 2011
Over the last month, Burma’s new government has taken several surprising initiatives never seen under the previous regime, but it’s not exactly clear what its motives are or where these actions will lead.

Let Them Finish What They Started

Monday, August 8, 2011
On this day in 1988, students braved gunfire to bring democracy to Burma. The best tribute that can be paid today is to get the former student leaders released from prison and help them complete the mission they began.

Talking Up the 'Talks'

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Don't expect a one-hour conversation between Aung San Suu Kyi and her government interlocutor, Aung Kyi, to lead to anything more substantive.

The Lady’s Turn

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Thailand’s free and fair elections, set to put a woman in the role of prime minister for the first time, stand in stark contrast to Burma’s rigged elections, which denied the Lady the chance to even compete.

Burma Opens the Door—But Only So Far

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
There has been a notable increase in the number of high-ranking foreign visitors to Burma in the months since the country's quasi-civilian regime was sworn in, but does this signal any real change?

The Dictator’s Survival Guide

Friday, February 18, 2011
Egypt’s Mubarek and Tunisia’s Ben Ali might still be in power if they had studied Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s tactics. Kyaw Zwa Moe looks at some of the secrets to the Burmese dictator’s survival.

It's the Same Old, Same Old in Burma

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
As the USDP-dominated parliament begins to fill key positions in the new government, it has become as clear as ever that nothing has changed in Burma except the titles on the nameplates of the ruling clique.

And the Envelope Please: Burma's 2010 Person of the Year

Thursday, December 23, 2010
There are many contenders who should be considered, but there is only one person who can truthfully be named Burma's 2010 Person of the Year.

Burma's 2011: A Look Ahead

Thursday, December 9, 2010
The year 2010 is ending and a new year is dawning. The future is unpredictable, but we can predict a few things to come based on the past year and Burma's history.

Two Separate Paths

Thursday, November 25, 2010
The paths Suu Kyi and the regime are going down will never cross. Instead, she's likely to touch a sensitive political area that will lead to a clash with the generals.

Suu Kyi Free; The Struggle Resumes

Sunday, November 14, 2010
On Nov. 13 when Aung San Suu Kyi was released, the world celebrated. In contrast, on Nov. 7 when the junta held its election, the world bemoaned the sham election.

Here's the New Burma

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Burma's election is over. What's new and different? Will Burma get a new system that reduces the rule of the military dictatorship?

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