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For Nyunt Shwe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 2, 2010

Life or death for Suu Kyi's party?

The incumbent regime in Myanmar is asking all interest groups, until Thursday, to form political parties and register within 60 days. All unregistered parties will cease to exist under the new election laws. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party has openly boycotted the ...

Nov 29, 2004

A new dawn for Myanmar?

Many Myanmar watchers might have been surprised when they got news of the pending release of nearly 4,000 prisoners who had been inappropriately jailed by the notorious Military Intelligence (MI) wing of former Prime Minister Gen. Khin Nyunt’s regime. Khin Nyunt had been detained ...

Oct 28, 2004

Bleak outlook for Myanmar democracy

After days of speculation over the fate of Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Khin Nyunt, the country’s official media announced that he was permitted to retire for health reasons. The reasons given were usual for someone who had been removed from the inner circle. Earlier ...

Aug 20, 2004

Broken promises a blot on Myanmar's regime

A s Myanmar’s government prepares to take over the chairmanship of ASEAN for 1996, opposition groups have stepped up their campaign for reform in the country by appealing to the bloc’s leaders, reminding them that the regime in Yangon has violated all its promises, ...

Jun 28, 2004

People of Myanmar need Asia's help

Myanmar’s stubborn military regime has decided to carry on with its controversial constitutional convention even as National League of Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her lieutenant, U Tin U, remain under house arrest. The last time a free and fair election was ...

Jan 4, 2004

Myanmar doesn't need new constitution

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is celebrating what could be the most auspicious anniversary in its 56 years of independence, which was declared at 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 4, 1948. Interestingly, the British government had agreed to grant independence on Jan. 1, but superstitious ...

Oct 4, 2003

Only recourse is to negotiate

Will Myanmar (also known as Burma) be banned from the summit meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations next week? That’s not likely, but Myanmar’s new prime minister, Gen. Khin Nyunt, could utterly lose face unless the regime frees prodemocracy leader Aung ...

Jun 2, 2003

Myanmar's regime must embrace change

“We are confident that change will come — not as quickly as most of us would wish it to come — but it will come. And I think the more we all try to make change come instead of wondering when change will come, ...

Feb 16, 2003

Democracy in Myanmar going nowhere

Myanmar has no formal greeting words. A surprise? But we have variations that are more practical to our lives, depending on the time and circumstances. If you meet someone along the way, the most common words are: Where do you come from? Where are ...