Tentative Steps: Navigating Burma's Fragile Transition

Tentative Steps: Navigating Burma's Fragile Transition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2013

Burma is slowly transitioning from military dictatorship, but the old elite still pulls the strings. As the country moves towards more societal freedoms, they increasingly find themselves confronted with victims of the old regime. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Blunder in Burma: Scrapping of EU†Sanctions Sends Wrong Message

Blunder in Burma: Scrapping of EU†Sanctions Sends Wrong Message

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2013

Although Burma is shrugging off the burden of five decades of military dictatorship, its transition to democracy is still far from complete. Reform remains precarious, and ethnic violence is rife. But in its eagerness to claim a foreign policy success, the EU is turning a blind eye, says Human Rights Watch. A Commentary by Lotte Leicht more... Comment ]

Icon Under Fire: Burma's Suu Kyi Eyes Presidency†Amid Criticism

Icon Under Fire: Burma's Suu Kyi Eyes Presidency†Amid Criticism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

Burma's NLD has long basked in the reflected glory of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is eyeing the Burmese presidency in 2015. But the party is holding its first-ever conference this week amid growing internal tension and mounting criticism of the pro-democracy icon. By Karl-Ludwig GŁnsche more...

Burma's Rebound: The†Triumphal Rise†of Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's Rebound: The†Triumphal Rise†of Aung San Suu Kyi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2012

A newfound optimism has infected much of Burma. The government has relaxed controls and might even make room for pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in the cabinet after†this†Sunday's†by-elections. But government clashes with ethnic minorities in the north of the country have tarnished these hopes for some. By Thilo Thielke more... Comment ]

Rotten, Vicious Times: Burma's Punk Scene Fights Repression Underground

Rotten, Vicious Times: Burma's Punk Scene Fights Repression Underground

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2012

Despite signs of greater openness, Burma's government continues to wield an iron fist. Among its targets is the punk scene, whose bands are forced to play and practice in secret to avoid harsh punishments. Here, punk isn't a lifestyle. It is an act of genuine rebellion. By Alexander Dluzak, in Rangoon more...

Burma Awakens: Newfound Freedoms Raise Hopes at Home and Abroad

Burma Awakens: Newfound Freedoms Raise Hopes at Home and Abroad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2011

For years, Burma's ruling junta has violently crushed its pro-democracy opponents. But now the pariah state is releasing political prisoners, tolerating open dissent and granting new freedoms to opposition politicians and foreign investors. Is this merely a tactical maneuver or a sign of genuine change? By Thilo Thielke more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Aung San Suu Kyi: 'We Have to Tackle This -- With Peaceful Means'

SPIEGEL Interview with Aung San Suu Kyi: 'We Have to Tackle This -- With Peaceful Means'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2010

In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi discusses her house arrest, which lasted for more than seven years, overcoming fears of the military regime and her continuing fight for freedom. By Thilo Thielke more...

Burmese Opposition Leader Suu Kyi: 'Anyone Can Be Arrested at Any Time'

Burmese Opposition Leader Suu Kyi: 'Anyone Can Be Arrested at Any Time'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2010

Following her release from house arrest, Burmese Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi offers harsh words for the current state of her country in a SPIEGEL interview. "As long as there is no law in Burma, anyone can be arrested at any time," she says. more...

The World from Berlin: Suu Kyi's Release 'Does Not Signal Burma Is More Democratic'

The World from Berlin: Suu Kyi's Release 'Does Not Signal Burma Is More Democratic'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2010

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been set free, sparking hopes she could spearhead change in a deeply repressive country. German media commentators, however, warn that the odds are stacked against the Nobel laureate's campaign for freedom. more...

'Anything but Free and Fair': West Blasts Burmese Elections

'Anything but Free and Fair': West Blasts Burmese Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2010

US President Barack Obama and several other Western leaders have condemned Sunday's elections in Burma for being neither free nor fair. Early results show widespread success for military backed candidates, but the opposition says manipulation was rampant. more...