Burmawave is an independent website and blog that critically discusses the complexities behind the current political crisis in Myanmar. It is a collaborative project dedicated to amplifying the voices of Myanmar’s movement for democracy, especially its ethnic populations. The website thus mainly aims to promote short discussions that offer alternative perspectives to those covered on mainstream platforms. As connections to the outside world continue to be severed by the Myanmar military, we aim to disseminate stories from Myanmar to the world and maintain their relevance in the news cycle.
OBJECTIVE 1: TAKING A MYANMAR-CENTRIC APPROACH
Myanmar’s struggle for democracy is important not because it is China’s strategic interest or the US’s potential ally in the Indo-Pacific, but rather due to the fact that the coup regime is threatening the lives of people in Myanmar every day. All discussions on Burmawave offer alternative analyses and discussions to those covered on mainstream news outlets by placing Myanmar at the centre of analysis.
OBJECTIVE 2: TAKING A PEOPLE-CENTRIC APPROACH
Myanmar's protesters are not only fighting to bring an end to military tyranny, but also to build a federal democracy. Burmawave aims to facilitate discussions that empower the efforts of all those trying to facilitate actual change. The contents offered on our website diverges from the calls for approaches that undermine the people's cause, e.g. inviting junta leader to the ASEAN summit on Myanmar.
OBJECTIVE 3: HONOURING OUR HEROES
Myanmar faces an unprecedented wave of violence by the military, but also a wave of resistance by the people. We have named our website “Burmawave” to acknowledge that despite adversity, the people have created a wave of democratisation. This is our dedicated effort to honour the brave heroes currently fighting as well as those fallen but not forgotten in Myanmar’s struggle for democracy. You and your movement live as long as you are remembered.