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Aung San Suu Kyi, global icon turned savvy Burmese politician, and her opposition democratic party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have won a resounding victory in Myanmar.
The asterisk involves the 25 percent of seats set aside for representatives of the military. This bloc also holds veto power over any constitutional changes. And, according to the constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi can't be president.
YANGON, Myanmar -- After almost five decades of military rule, having a democratic government is a dream no more. But the road ahead will be truly bumpy and tricky.
A Tortoise Revolution is underway in Myanmar, progressing so slowly and steadily -- you can barely notice it. But it's there. Five years ago it was too dangerous to even utter the word "democracy" in public.
Open data may not demolish the incentive of corruption but it can go a long way in raising the cost of doing so.
YANGON, Myanmar -- If Suu Kyi's ascent is perceived as too threatening, there is greater risk that the military will continue to exploit anti-Muslim hostility in order to destabilize the post-election climate. And despite her numerous pro-democracy accolades, Suu Kyi has refused to speak in defense of the Rohingya Muslims and recently warned foreign media not to "exaggerate" their plight.
The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people.
Burma now has a hybrid system of military rule and democracy. It's democracy on a leash. The victims of human rights abuses can't wait for a hoped slow transition. They need genuine democracy, and they need it now. For them it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. It isn't time to celebrate yet.
The subterfuges of the military, religious "leaders," and others seeking to influence the election, stand in stark contrast to Zaw's story. His efforts recount a simple tale of a fight for environmental justice against exploitation, with the goal of protecting a national treasure -- the Irrawaddy River.
YANGON, Myanmar -- It is in reference to the history of a cumulative campaign against the Rohingya by successive governments in Myanmar, not just recent events, that the charge of genocide is most cogently being argued. We can't just wait for the appearance of gas chambers -- it's precisely that mentality that contributed to our world's repeated failures to prevent atrocities.
Trying to predict the outcome of the election has been deemed by at least one Myanmar-based media outlet as "lunacy," however, three scenarios are emerging as the most likely outcomes of November 8.
Despite the respectable reforms the country has seen in recent years, Burma remains stuck in Orwell's 1984 as a state that governs with an iron fist and speaks in contradictions.
The US government is paying money to strategically 'advise and support' Myanmar's Union Election Commission (UEC), which is disqualifying Muslim parliamentarians, striking Muslims from the ballot in next week's parliamentary elections, and even blocking their right to vote.
How the nationwide ceasefire summit between the Myanmar government and the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) ended on Sept 29 will go down in the history of ethnic armed movement as a sad memory.
Inevitably, eating is an important activity. Patient queues wait for cones of Belgian French fries, cups of gelato, and table service indoors and out.