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Thant Myint-U author, founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust. Photo: Thant Myint-U/Facebo

Review of "The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century"

10 October 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND JOSHUA KURLANTZICK In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news to report about a country that seemed like a democratic success story less than...

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019 celebration

Life of the Party

26 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND ABIGAIL CHEN This week marks the anniversary of the founding of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), the ruling party of the country’s de facto head of government,...

Image: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

Destiny's Child

19 July 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On July 20, 1989, Myanmar’s ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council detained Aung San Suu Kyi under the State Protection Act, the start of her first period under house...

Image: Kaung Zaw Hein/AFP/Getty Images

Two Journalists are Free. But Democracy in Myanmar is Deteriorating

11 May 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On Tuesday, two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, finally emerged from prison after 511 days behind bars. The announcement by Myanmar’s...

Image: Steve Tickner/Frontier

The Hate Speech Threat to the 2020 Election

6 April 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON Myanmar’s 2020 general election is still more than eighteen months away, but key stakeholders are beginning to position themselves for it. As well as the election race, which...

Image: Paula Bronstein via Getty Images

Myanmar Faces Crossroads as Military Tightens Hold on Civilian Government

30 August 2018

BY HUNTER MARSTON A spokesperson from Myanmar’s presidential office rejected a UN fact-finding report issued on Monday, which found evidence for the military’s involvement in genocide and...

Image: USAID Crying Men Flickr CC

Facebook Can't Resolve Conflicts in Myanmar and Sri Lanka On Its Own

27 June 2018

BY BRANDON PALADINO & HUNTER MARSTON Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been caught up in a whirlwind in recent months, giving congressional testimony and public statements defending Facebook...

Myanmar

Duty isn’t enough to boost tax revenue

19 September 2016

In the past few weeks, colourful signboards have been erected around Yangon reminding people of their obligation to pay tax. An anthropomorphised cartoon map of Myanmar – eyes wide – proudly gives a...

How the press can power Myanmar’s democracy

8 August 2016

As a voracious consumer of Myanmar journalism over some time, I am fascinated by how the country’s transition to freedom of the press takes root and prospers. Progress toward press freedom has...

 A CHILD WAITS OUTSIDE THE MAUSOLEUM ON MARTYRS' DAY. PHOTO: FINANCIAL TIMES/EPA

Martyrs’ Day a wake-up call

27 July 2016

For the first time, it was held under a National League for Democracy-backed government. After several decades of absence, it was also the first time the commander-in-chief attended. And, for the...

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