The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.
At the top of our wish list is that the military is placed under civilian control. That's because the military is still wreaking havoc on Burma's ethnic communities, particularly women.
Change is coming so rapidly to Burma -- the pariah state now known as Myanmar -- that you have to jot it down to keep track.
The reality of gender-based violence is tragic, and the tasks before us are daunting -- but we cannot let that overshadow the fact that, in the past two decades, progress has been remarkable.
When the Myanmar "gold rush" finally reaches Chin State, the "economy first" advocates would do well to consider that no amount of economic reform can fix what are fundamentally human rights problems.
The latest international concern was visible when Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States who made a surprise visit to Myanmar, gave a speech at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on November 14.
It is time to get over the notion that not being lost in hatred is a sign of weakness or giving in. We are ready for another way of viewing strength and a fresh approach to improving life on this planet.
In the past week, we have seen an explosion of stories critiquing the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. One article's particularly hyperbolic headline even asked if she was going to be Burma's "next tyrant?"
At a time when the world is looking to her for moral leadership, her silence on the plight of Burma's Rohingya people is shocking.
Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...
In many ways Myanmar represents the best and the worst of the emerging world: A great country with an illustrious past and culture, motivated leadership, and a sympathetic world of investors who want to see it grow and prosper.
Natural disasters, such as the cyclone that just hit India, sometimes not only destroy homes and end lives but also trigger intense debates.
We must always keep in mind that the potential for all great beauty is encased within a seed in our souls. With diligence, patience, and empathy, the seed will germinate and bloom into a gift for our fellow men.
September 18 marked the 25th anniversary of the last military takeover in Myanmar in 1988. That was the third major military intervention in the count...
I am also facing many people who have encouraged, pushed and personified the desire for change in their respective societies. Because the search for horizons of greater freedom is an essential part of human nature.