The common man in almost all its 10-member nations has no clue what ASEAN is about. We're talking here about millions of illiterate, poor, underprivileged Asians who are in the thick of the situation, happy to progress in life, one day after another.
From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed.
A recent study published in Conflict and Health explores the traumatic stress of medics working in low-resource war-affected areas of Karen state, eastern Burma.
Child's Dream was established in as a charity organization dedicated to empowering children, youth and communities in the Mekong Sub-Region. This region is at the core of many humanitarian crises, and children are suffering the most.
In February of this year, my husband and I quit our well-paid and exciting jobs, left California and the company we helped build, and set off to travel the world. Our goal: live on $1,000 (each) a month.
Allowing massacres to go relatively unnoticed is inconsistent with developing a strong and peaceful democracy. The story of reform in Burma will depend on whether violence against minorities is appropriately addressed or whether it becomes a permanent feature of the national landscape.
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.