Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.

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The National League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains barred from the presidency because she married a Briton. The ruling is symbolic of Burma’s faltering steps to democracy

Burma's army retains its iron grip on the nation by blocking Aung San Suu Kyi bid to run for president

Five million citizens demanded change to the constitution that would have allowed the popular Nobel Peace Prize-winner to run

A view from the highways of Naypyidaw, with the new parliament building in the background

In Burma's new capital, the army is on the edge of town, yet still at the heart of things

In the last in his series of reports, Peter Popham visits Naypyidaw, where a close encounter with the man likely to be its next president – a former army commander – offers a glimpse of the country's anxious future

In opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi has been hugely popular. But can she retain her party’s appeal in government?

Can Burmese democracy ever live up to its 50-year billing?

In the third of his series of reports, Peter Popham meets the young generation of Aung San Suu Kyi's government-in-waiting and discovers how their inexperience has left business leaders and foreign diplomats alike with a bad case of the jitters

President Thein Sein’s government is trying to get minority groups such as the Chin community, in Kan Pat Lat town, Chin state, to accept a ceasefire deal before the general election in November

Can Burma strike a deal to hold together its 135 ethnic minorities?

In the second of his series of reports, Peter Popham meets the son of the country’s first president who believes the government can achieve its aim of turning a ceasefire with would-be separatists into a binding peace agreement

Hard-line Buddhist monks lead a demonstration against Rohingya migrants who were resettled in Rakhine state after being found at sea while fleeing Burma following anti-Muslim violence

Burma's 'great terror' moves a step closer as Taliban urges Rohingya to 'take up the sword'

The oppressed minority has been told only violent jihad will make a difference

Aung San Suu Kyi travels to China, Burma’s fractious neighbour, for the first time

Burma election: China tries to woo opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of poll

Could her visit to Beijing signify an unlikely alliance with the People's Republic?

Rohingya migrants in a boat adrift in the Andaman Sea last week

Burma will regret shutting its eyes to the fate of the Rohingya boat people

At a delicate political moment like this, with elections close, there is no political capital to be gained from offering another view

Buddhist nationalists shout slogans during a rally in Rangoon, Burma. Protesters, led by Buddhist monks, claim the boat people are from Bangladesh rather than Rohingya Muslims

Burma protesters march in capital Rangoon angry at country being blamed for Rohingya crisis

Demonstrators insisted the Rohingya are an invented ethnicity and demanded that the boat people be sent to Bangladesh

Rohingya migrants queue for food at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, in Indonesia

Malaysia mass graves: Is the Burmese Rohingya minority being trafficked by force?

Suspicions about ethnic cleansing have arisen after the kidnappings and disappearances of Rohingya people

A volunteer cuts the hair of a Rohingya migrant at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Indonesia

Burma's opposition demands government gives citizenship to Rohingya refugees adrift on the Andaman Sea

Muslims must be given their human rights, say opponents of Buddhist chauvinism

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