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Burma on Road to Democracy: How Far How Fast?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.24.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

Deadly Landmines Bring Terror To Millions In Myanmar

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.16.2016 | World

SINGAPORE -- It had felt like a hallelujah moment: a long-awaited open door after decades of futile knocking. “We’d been waiting for it. I know ev...

The Myanmar Election: What Can We Expect?

Erin Murphy | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Erin Murphy

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.

Will Myanmar's Military Reform?

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Does the country's future lie with Min Aung Hlaing or with Than Shwe? It's a question Myanmar will have to sort out for itself--but, in the meantime, the U.S. could be doing much more to tip the scales towards reform.

Burma's Slave or Burma's Save: Democratic Reforms, Human Rights, and the Reluctant Generals of Myanmar

Jack Healey | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

In Burma, if one were to mention "the election" on the street this morning, the listener would likely not conjure up concern for the productivity and potential of Obama's final two years holding office, but rather of the possibility of Aung San Suu Kyi holding it and being able to create durable and sustainable reconciliation in a divided nation.

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Don't Count Burma's Lady out... Yet

Rena Pederson | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Rena Pederson

The situation is complicated by reports that elements of the military-backed government -- "the big invisible hand" -- may have orchestrated some of the violence. Is it possible the King on the other side of the game board is hiding some pieces behind his back?

The UN Singles Out Big Oil in Burma, With Good Reason

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Smith

For years, the Burmese army has killed and tortured local residents to secure gas pipelines. Daewoo and the CNPC should postpone work until there's no more risk of human rights abuses.