The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.
Most things can be found in Myanmar now (and cheaply) but books are still costly for most Myanmar people or just not accessible. Mindy Walker, who works with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in Myanmar, tries to get colorful books into children's hands.
As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.
At 70, "The Lady" remains the leading voice for democracy in this strategic part of the world. Much depends on how she uses that voice from now on. The fall election will be the first relatively free ballot in 25 years -- and she needs every vote she can get to reduce the military's grip on the government.
(Washington, D.C.) -- In the late 1970s, Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was so moved by the dangerous ocean j...
Given the seemingly endless stories of tyranny and violence in the Middle East and skepticism in some corners over the possibility of democracy ever taking hold in Iraq, perhaps it's time for a reminder of what former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky had to say in 2004's The Case for Democracy -- and why.
While the definition of Fringe can mean "not a part of the mainstream," it is my sincere hope that the ideals and model of Fringe Diplomacy is expanded upon.
With embargoes against Myanmar, also known as Burma, recently lifted, oil, gas, and coal industrialists are hungrily looking to the "last unopened Asian market" as a new source of wealth and power.
In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...
Forget the world. She should try starting at home, with the Rohingya of Rakhine. And if she won't, or can't, then maybe she should consider handing back the prize she waited more than two decades to collect.
SYDNEY -- In what could be a framework for ASEAN, the EU has put forward an agenda for the resettlement of 20,000 migrants.
Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.
Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?"
The influx of uninvited and unwelcome migrants has begun in earnest this spring.
We need to remind the younger officials and leaders in the recipient countries that this has happened before and that pushing new or potential arrivals away from their shores condemns them almost certainly to death or imposes severe risks to their health and well-being.
The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.