- 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... [ Forum ]
- 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 Günsche more...
- 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... [ Forum ]
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- November 05, 2010
The Burmese junta is holding elections on Sunday, but nothing will change. The once strong opposition is divided and the influence of its icon -- Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest -- has been diminished. By Thilo Thielke more...