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Old Wars in the 'New Burma'

John Sifton | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
John Sifton

When President Obama and other world leaders arrive here in Burma, they need to press the government on a slew of human rights issues, ranging from constitutional issues to the Rohingya crisis. But they also need to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the context of Burma's armed conflicts.

What Should Ordinary Leadership Look Like?

Charles Redfern | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Charles Redfern

I don't easily stand in awe of anyone, but Aung San Suu Kyi has walked through the darkness. She is one of those gems illuminating the true definition of what "normal" should be.

In New Myanmar, An Old Junta's Laws Survive

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

By Jared Ferrie and Aung Hla Tun YANGON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - It was once the feared weapon of a military junta, ruthlessly deployed to ...

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.

Myanmar and the Asian Transformation

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Robert L. Borosage

Myanmar is opening -- after decades of sanctions -- to the West, seeking to counter Chinese influence. There is a mother-lode of jewels, minerals, oil, etc, on the crossroads between India and China. European and U.S. companies are like horses pawing at the gates.

Burma -- Or Is it Myanmar? -- Goes to See Its Shrink

MP Nunan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

"I had a really bad weekend," Burma says. "Or a really good one," says the shrink. "The first reasonably free-and-fair election since 1990?"

'The Iron Lady' Or 'The Lady'

John Philip Newell | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
John Philip Newell

Both Margaret Thatcher and Aung San Suu Kyi show extraordinary courage. But their courage is linked to radically different visions of leadership.

Burma: Engagement or Appeasement?

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
John Feffer

The imminent détente with Burma has continued to generate criticism from those who suffer from the appeasement complex, a syndrome that causes politicians to conflate diplomacy with selling out and negotiating with kowtowing.

PHOTOS: Graffiti And Anthropology At Known Gallery

Posted 11.30.2011 | Arts

In the lastest Known Gallery exhibition, "Whitewash," the artistic process is understood as more than simply creation; it's a candid response to those...

Asia's New Great Game

Foreign Policy | Thant-Myint U | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

When geography changes -- as when the Suez Canal joined Europe to the Indian Ocean, or when the railroads transformed the American West and the Russia...

PHOTOS: A Look At An Emerging Myanmar

Posted 09.26.2011 | World

The August 2011 issue of National Geographic draws a fascinating portrait of Myanmar, as its currently experiencing its first taste of a nominally civ...

WikiLeaks: Burma's Opposition Stifled By Old Farts and Uninformed Analysis

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.

FREE AT LAST: Emotional Photos From Aung San Suu Kyi's Release

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi took her first steps back into Myanmar's political minefield Sunday, vowing to press ahead...

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Oscar-pick Burma VJ Airs on HBO

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James Rotondi

If the totalitarian nightmare portrayed in George Orwell's 1984 strikes you as an implausible portrait of state control and repression, a single viewi...

Burma Video Journalists: Courageous Reporting From A Closed Country

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

"Media has quite a big power," says Aye Chan. In a profoundly religious land, Democratic Voices of Burma's images of dead monks floating in rivers had a huge impact on the populace. Seeing is believing, as the expression goes.

A Benefit to Support Burmese Children Refugees

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

Profits from a fundraiser will go to support the orphaned Burmese refugees housed at the Child Protection and Education Center at Mae Tao Clinic.

RED ALERT: Civil War Looms in Burma

Jeff Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Schneider

They have been preparing for this crisis since 1994. They have built a disciplined, equipped, determined force not of hundreds, not of thousands, but ...

Ibrahim Gambari: Unsuccessful UN Envoy To Burma Heads To Sudan

The New Republic | Seyward Darby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On May 20, 2006, Ibrahim Gambari, the gregarious UN under-secretary general for political affairs, met with leaders of Burma's military junta and thei...

Jim Webb Woefully Unaware Of Burma's Problems

U Pyinya Zawta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
U Pyinya Zawta

US Sen Jim Webb recently traveled to Burma to lean not on Burma's military regime, but to pressure my country's democracy movement into giving up economic sanctions--the most important tool in our struggle for freedom.

U.S. Senator Jim Webb In Burma To Meet Leader | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and SHARON OTTERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An American senator arrived in Myanmar on Friday to meet with the leader of the junta there, just days after the country's pro-democracy leader, Daw A...

Suu Kyi Verdict Expected Friday

Irrawaddy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Aung San Suu Kyi insisted after Tuesday's final session of her trial before Friday's scheduled verdict that the proceedings would show "whether or not...

Burma's Amnesty Claim Sure To Be Yet Another Bluff

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

It's time now for Burma's allies and trade partners, including Security Council members China and Russia, to act and call Ambassador Than Shwe's political prisoner amnesty bluff.

Burmese Migrants Make Waste Dump Home (SLIDESHOW)

Demotix | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Photos and text from Demotix Click here for more photos and information on Burma. On the outskirts of the transient dusty border town of Mae Sot li...

The Future of Burma Cannot Be Tied to Aung San Suu Kyi

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

By maintaining that the regime must be isolated and that Burma must be the target of stringent sanctions only helps the junta reverse further into mad "behind-the-wall" strategies.

Ban Ki Moon in Burma: The Chance for a New Beginning

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gordon Brown

When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon meets the military dictatorship in Burma today he will have the whole world with him. His mission is critical to the future of the Burmese people.