In the end, the fire in Yangon was indeed the result of an electrical shortage, but the suspicions surrounding the incident underscored a new normal: the brutal violence directed towards Muslims was now a national crisis.
Sometime ago, I made an ill-fated attempt at a 10-day silent Buddhist retreat in India. I lasted 24 hours and then returned home to my adopted city of Rangoon.
Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.
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.
Corrupt elites controlling local resources have exacerbated the feeling of inequality. But as natural resources have been the cause of Myanmar's conflicts, they are also a key part of the solution.
In view of the upcoming national census in 2014 in Myanmar and the general election in 2015, it is increasingly important for the 88 Generation student leaders to build trust and improve the shaky relations between ethnic Burmans and the erstwhile frontier people.
We need to find the Malalai Joyas, the Ahmad Shah Massouds, and the yet unknown individuals, so we can tell their stories and fund their projects before the world loses the Afghans most capable of saving Afghanistan.
As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.
The glory days of the World Wide Web are now long in the past for all of us. In the post-Snowden era, the open Internet will only be experienced in history books - the ones that aren't censored, anyway.
Throughout Yangon, from political graffiti tags on walls, to teens breakdancing in clubs, to the throbbing sounds of Burmese rap coming from the open windows of passing cars, cultural exchange in the form of hip-hop culture is already alive and well.
There are very few "Year Zero" countries left in the world when it comes to the Internet, and I count myself very lucky to witness some small slice of one this summer.
Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.
Both Britain and France should use their economic and political resources to influence the Myanmar government to speed up the process of resolving the country's ongoing ethnic minority problems, and the prevailing religious tension.
By Jay T. Snyder Founder, The Open Hands Initiative The Open Hands Initiative Journalism Fellowship that we co-sponsored with GlobalPost and The Grou...
Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.
A group of 20 top, young journalists -- 11 from Myanmar and 9 from the United States -- set out on a series of journeys last month through a country undergoing dramatic change.