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Burma Elections

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

PHOTOS: Tips For Visiting Myanmar Now

Simone Girner | Posted 06.01.2012 | Travel
Simone Girner

If things continue to change as fast as they have been, it will be different to visit even six months from now, let alone years when -- predictably, hopefully -- the sanctions will have been lifted and U.S. and European investors will have discovered this culturally rich place.

Democracy Icon Set To Win Office In Historic Vote

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

WAH THIN KHA, Myanmar — Myanmar held a landmark election Sunday that was expected to send democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament for he...

Why Myanmar's Elections Matter

AP | GRANT PECK | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's special election Sunday is for a small portion of parliament seats, but has taken on immense symbolic importance because it will ...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Elections Will Be Neither Free Nor Fair

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that Myanmar's landmark weekend elections will be neither free nor fair because...

Burma's Big Moment

Jenna Scatena | Posted 05.16.2012 | Travel
Jenna Scatena

Just over a decade ago Lonely Planet was being accused of supporting Burma's corrupt military regime for publishing a guidebook to the country. Boy, have times changed.

Burma or Myanmar: Is This a de Klerk Moment?

Jack Healey | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Jack Healey

The civilian/military government of Myanmar now is making moves that may be similar to de Klerk, the Prime Minister of the last apartheid government in South Africa.

Burma Election Reignites Ethnic Tensions

The Irrawaddy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The seizure of two Burmese border towns by ethnic rebels is a significant move in the ethnic armed struggle of the past 20 years, and the latest attac...

Myanmar Election Violence Causespost-polls fighting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Fighting between ethnic rebels and government troops rumbled on for a third day Tuesday as activists warned that the violence,...

Burma CYBER ATTACK Underway As Election Nears

The Jakarta Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A massive cyber attack has crippled Internet services in Burma ahead of Sunday's election, IT experts and Web service providers say, raising fears of ...

Thailand Sets a Poor Example to Burma

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Long a staunch US ally and once a reliable partner in the region, under the nose of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Thailand has morphed into a threat to regional peace and serial human rights abuser.

The Burmese Elections: Prolonging the Misery and Postponing the Inevitable

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

This election is evidence that their last shreds of political legitimacy have evaporated. The international community has to recognize this inevitable "victory" for what it is -- the last gasp of a decaying system.

Myanmar To Hold First Elections Since 1990

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's ruling junta chief confirmed Monday that the country's first general elections in two decades will be held this year...

US, ASEAN Drop Call For Suu Kyi's Release

AP | VIJAY JOSHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SINGAPORE — President Barack Obama on Sunday told Myanmar's junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an unusual face-to-face i...