Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market

The Burmese government possesses the power to protect minorities, promote freedom of expression, and encourage democratic political reforms. But instead of using its influence for good, the government further consolidates its power by denying independent exile media the freedom to report on controversial topics such as the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, oppressive censorship laws, and … More Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market

Telecom investments threaten privacy rights in Burma

The World Bank may be dangling the prospect of affordable cell phones in Burma at the expense of freedom of expression and privacy rights. Foreign investment in Burma’s underdeveloped telecommunications sector is about to boom – as of this week, Qatar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor have received licenses to develop Burma’s networks. To support growing … More Telecom investments threaten privacy rights in Burma

Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

When the Obama Administration spontaneously lifted sanctions against Burma without conditions in 2012, it concurrently slammed the door on the bipartisan congressional coalition that had played a pivotal role in shaping US policy toward Burma for two decades. Congressional requests for the administration to rationalize its new, hurried, and improvised policy to “extend the hand … More Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

In Burma, There is No “Communal Violence”

On November 12, the United Nations General Assembly released its draft annual resolution against Burma, calling on the Burmese government to address 2013 “communal violence.” The terms “communal violence,” “sectarian violence,” and “inter-communal violence” have become go-to descriptors of attacks against Muslims in Burma. Insofar as they are used to describe specific incidents during the … More In Burma, There is No “Communal Violence”

Top 5 Reasons Why the US Shouldn’t Establish Military Relations with Burma

The Obama Administration & Pentagon are rushing to establish military relations with Burma. But the US is not conditioning its engagement by first asking the Burmese military to meet very basic benchmarks (e.g. stopping attacks on civilians). A military engagement policy that dismisses justice and accountability threatens to exacerbate abuses for people living in conflict … More Top 5 Reasons Why the US Shouldn’t Establish Military Relations with Burma