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  1. April 12, 2013

    The Diary: Lionel Barber

    These days, Myanmar’s fearsome generals have largely returned to barracks or are wearing longyis. During a five-day maiden...

  2. December 14, 2012

    Aung San Suu Kyi

    It has been quite a year for Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader who spent much of the past 20 years in enforced...

  1. The World

    November 27, 2012

    Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s ghost city

    Built five years ago, Myanmar's capital is still eerily quiet. (AFP) At Naypyidaw’s international airport, members of staff...

  2. beyondbrics

    November 27, 2012

    Naypyidaw: a general's fantasy becomes real

    At Naypyidaw’s international airport, members of staff in stylish uniforms are at their posts behind ranks of check-in...

  3. July 11, 2012

    Myanmar leader looks to ethnic peace

    When, as a young army officer, Thein Sein arrived in northern Myanmar in the 1970s to lead a unit fighting communist-backed...

  4. May 29, 2012

    Suu Kyi makes historic trip abroad

    Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand on Tuesday night on her first trip abroad in 24 years. Ms...

  5. May 6, 2012

    Myanmar reports fuel talk of cabinet reshuffle

    Reports of the resignation of one of Myanmar’s two vice-presidents, influential conservative Tin Aung Myint Oo, have...

  6. May 2, 2012

    Suu Kyi adjusts to life in Naypyidaw

    As Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi made her debut at Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday, marking the first time she has held...

  7. April 2, 2012

    Lift sanctions or Myanmar’s moment may be lost

    Myanmar stands at its most important moment since the beginning of army rule in 1962. The landslide victory of Aung San Suu...

  8. November 30, 2011

    Wary Burmese savour taste of reform

    When Burma’s military rulers handed power in March to a nominally civilian government headed by a former general, even the...

  9. October 24, 2011

    Burma: At freedom’s gate

    They have decided to change. It’s not what we called for, but there are changes. Even if they are pretending to change, we...

  10. June 20, 2011

    It is time to fine-tune sanctions on Burma

    It was strange to be the first high-ranking European to visit Burma since the country’s supposed democratic breakthrough....

  11. April 4, 2011

    Burmese leader retires as army head

    Than Shwe, the general who has ruled Burma for the last 19 years, has retired after handing over power to a new nominally...

  12. March 30, 2011

    Burma official opposition tries to straddle divide

    On a wall in the dilapidated Rangoon offices of the National Democratic Force, Burma’s largest official opposition party,...

  13. March 30, 2011

    Parliament takes control in Burma

    Burma’s generals have handed over power to the new government elected in last November’s controversial ballot. Thein Sein, a...

  14. February 4, 2011

    Burmese general to take over as president

    Burma’s parliament has elected Thein Sein, the country’s former prime minister, as president, reinforcing fears that the...

  15. January 31, 2011

    Burmese parliament elects general as speaker

    Burma’s newly elected lawmakers gathered for the first time in more than two decades on Monday, setting the tone for the...

  16. January 28, 2011

    Burma refuses to reinstate Suu Kyi’s party

    YANGON, Jan 28 – A special appeals court in army-ruled Myanmar on Friday rejected a move by pro-democracy leader Aung San...

  17. November 18, 2010

    Suu Kyi release sparks sanctions debate

    The release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader, has revived the prospect that the sanctions which have...

  18. November 17, 2010

    Suu Kyi looks to revive political party

    Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy opposition leader, has lodged a legal challenge to the dissolution of her political...

  19. November 14, 2010

    Déjà vu in Burma, not a new dawn

    The comparisons with Nelson Mandela are all too appealing, but the circumstances under which Aung San Suu Kyi has been...

  20. November 9, 2010

    A general’s election

    Votes are still being counted but – surprise, surprise – the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development party has...

  21. November 5, 2010

    Burma’s voters aim to make a statement

    On Sunday, 30m voters will go to the polls in Burma’s looking-glass elections: the result is known, but almost everything...

  22. November 3, 2010

    Burma’s electoral enigma wrapped in a farce

    And now for the Burmese tea party. Burma’s generals did not like the result of the last election when they were thumped by...

  23. October 26, 2010

    Burma regime factions to dominate poll

    Critics of next month’s elections in Burma claim to know already who the winners will be. But the rivalry between two...

  24. August 30, 2010

    Officers forced to quit Burmese army

    Senior General Than Shwe, Burma’s septuagenarian leader, has reached the most delicate stage of his plan to transform...

  25. August 17, 2010

    Looming poll divides Burma opposition

    Burma will hold its first elections in two decades later this year, but the process has already divided the country’s...

  26. August 13, 2010

    Burma sets date for first elections in 20 years

    Burma’s ruling generals announced on Friday that the country would hold its first elections for 20 years on November 7, a...

  27. July 30, 2010

    Cancelled meeting highlights Gandhi secrecy

    The failing health of the mother of Sonia Gandhi, the president of India’s Congress party, presented the country’s ruling...

  28. July 25, 2010

    Burma’s reclusive leader makes trip to India

    Burma’s reclusive Senior General Than Shwe arrived in India on Sunday for a state visit, a rare excursion abroad that...

  29. November 8, 2009

    Talking to Burma

    Barack Obama’s government is already talking to North Korea and Iran. It is only right to add Burma to that list, however...

  30. November 4, 2009

    White House resumes talks with Burmese military junta

    The US reopened high-level engagement with Burma yesterday after a 14-year freeze, giving the clearest expression yet to...

  31. November 4, 2009

    US resumes meetings with Burmese junta

    The US reopened high-level engagement with Burma yesterday after a 14-year freeze, giving the clearest expression yet to...

  32. November 3, 2009

    US resumes talks with Burmese junta

    The US reopened high-level engagement with Burma on Tuesday after a 14-year freeze, giving the clearest expression yet to...

  33. September 21, 2009

    Social organisation used to mobilise the masses

    Burma's military regime created the Union Solidarity and Development Association in 1993 to mobilise the population behind...

  34. August 12, 2009

    Suu Kyi house arrest extended

    A court in Burma has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel laureate, to a further 18 months' house...

  35. August 12, 2009

    Suu Kyi held for further 18 months

    A court in Burma has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel laureate, to a further 18 months' house...

  36. August 11, 2009

    Suu Kyi sentenced to further 18 months

    Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate, is to serve a further 18 months’ house arrest after a...

  37. July 4, 2009

    UN chief urges generals to free Suu Kyi

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, met Burma's powerful army chief yesterday and pressed him to free Aung...

  38. July 3, 2009

    UN’s Ban presses Burma to free prisoners

    Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, met military-ruled Burma’s powerful army chief on Friday and pressed him to free...

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