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Title: Suu Kyi shifts pre-election tack in Myanmar
Date of publication: 12 June 2014
Description/subject: "After two years of delicate accommodation, Myanmars military backed government and the main pro-democracy opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) are on a collusion course ahead of general elections scheduled for next year. An NLD-led campaign launched last month to amend the 2008 constitution is openly challenging the militarys political power and testing political stability ahead of the pivotal polls. The national drive for charter change aims broadly to accelerate the countrys still tentative transition from decades of authoritarian military rule towards democracy. In particular, the campaign is geared towards diminishing the role of military appointees to parliament who currently control 25% of its seats. The campaign however is not geared towards changing article 59(f), which bars NLD leader and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from assuming the presidency because she was married to a foreign national."
Author/creator: Larry Jagan
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 June 2014

Title: Suu Kyi’s Next Move
Date of publication: December 2010
Description/subject: Suu Kyi steps into the fray at a time when the NLD desperately requires fresh ideas and strong leadership
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 12
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 December 2010

Title: Oposition Movements in Burma: The Question of Relevancy
Date of publication: November 2010
Description/subject: "Since Burma’s independence from British rule in 1948, the Burmese polity has been fraught with contentious politics ranging from armed insurgencies to non-violent movements against the state. The history of Burma’s opposition movements, originating from the colonial period, can be understood as five different forms of struggle—legal political means, armed insurrections, underground (clandestine) activities, above-ground engagements (through civil society groups and the domestic media), and international advocacy (through lobbying, grassroots campaigns, and the foreign media including Burmese language broadcasts). This paper will examine how opposition movements since 1988 have played out until now and how they will remain relevant after the 2010 elections. Generally, relevancy is defined as a means to increase the likelihood of accomplishing the professed goal,1 treating the goal more in terms of consequence (the actual outcome as opposed to the morality of intention). Public support or legitimacy plays a key role in determining relevancy. However, in the context of opposition movements in Burma, we must consider their moral ground. This paper will probe the question of relevancy for Burmese opposition movements from two perspectives— legitimacy and outcome."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
Format/size: pdf (173K)
Date of entry/update: 20 November 2010

Title: The Struggle Goes on
Date of publication: June 2010
Description/subject: In early May, shortly before the National League for Democracy (NLD) officially ceased to exist under the Burmese regime’s election law, The Irrawaddy spoke with Tin Oo, vice chairman of the NLD, about its past and future.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 29 August 2010

Title: The NLD Makes its Move
Date of publication: April 2010
Description/subject: What lies ahead for the party that has led Burma’s democracy movement for more than two decades now that it has refused to register for this year’s election?... "The decision by the National League for Democracy (NLD) not to register for this year’s planned general election should come as no surprise. Given the regime’s unjust election laws, which were designed to prevent NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners from participating in the election or even remaining as members of their respective parties, it was perhaps inevitable. But even so, it raises serious concerns about how the party plans to continue its push for democracy in Burma now that its very existence is in jeopardy..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw, Yeni
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 4
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=18216
Date of entry/update: 19 April 2010

Date of publication: 14 July 2008
Description/subject: "...Embassy Rangoon pol/econ chief departs Post this week after ending a two-year tour that saw the largest political uprising in Burma in twenty years, the arrest and imprisonment of the pro-democracy opposition’s most talented leaders, and the worst natural disaster in Burma’s recorded history. We asked her to share her candid observations on the current political situation, and her recommendations on how best to advance our democratic goals..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Rangoon, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010