President Thein Sein, who is a former military leader himself, declared a three-month state of emergency in the Kokang self-administered zone in the northern part of Shan state, which shares border with China's Yunnan province.
Returning to Myanmar after a quarter century, one is confronted constantly by reminders of how much the country has changed.
Is equality back to the center stage among peoples' values, is it the new compass in their search for better conditions of life and better institutions? Perhaps. But there is another value which has a much greater and steadier support: democracy.
In the past, Singapore's economic prowess was attributed to a highly disciplined workforce, aided by a populace that (purportedly) preferred growth over democratic rights, and enabled by a no-nonsense, autocratic style of governance. Ironically, such a regimented approach is undoing much of what has been accomplished.
By committing to the fundamental nature of the right to vote, our political leaders can instead focus on what they should do in elections: trying to earn votes from eligible voters, rather than trying to game voter eligibility and access.
A conversation is just beginning between practitioners and theorists of civic agency and scholars and educators promoting educational experiences which develop Executive Function. It may have large potential.
Matthew Torne, a British filmmaker, is coming to Southern California soon to show and discuss his documentary Lessons in Dissent, which analyzes the 2012 Hong Kong protests that were triggered by plans to bring mainland style patriotic education to the former Crown Colony.
Too much money in our elections undermines representative democracy. But the FEC can begin to right its wrongs. It should recommit to enforcing the law and safeguarding democracy. And perhaps sometimes soon, the FEC should invite the public back to the podium for some good old-fashioned free speech -- the kind that doesn't cost a dime.
As much as I typically disagree with the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, his description of Chicago as a "City of Tribes" is apt. I grew up in a small town, Woodstock, Ill., that was mostly homogenous and people had differences, but the commonalities ruled the day.
Too often democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is "the lesser of two evils." But now, citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods.
Nigeria's political leaders exploit the extreme poverty, hunger and high unemployment rates for their personal gains, and rather than hold these leaders accountable for job-creation, power and educational reforms, the large numbers of ill-informed voters give away their voting.
It's up to us, folks. We need to overwhelm the world with good-purposed technology and change it all for the better.
Even so, I desperately want to believe that Europe, with all its dazzling achievements since the end of World War II, can still strengthen its resolve, stiffen its spine, and fully understand the stakes involved, however late in the day it is. Here is what I wish would happen now.
"I come to you in peace." Those were the opening words spoken by Mrs. Rula Ghani, the First Lady of Afghanistan, as she joined Mrs. Laura Bush for a meeting of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council Wednesday, February 11, at the Bush Institute.
The reaction to Brian Williams's misstatements is striking considering the relatively muted response to the recent revelation that President Obama lied during the 2008 campaign regarding his position on same-sex marriage.
Why should you or I have to wait until enough Republicans or Democrats join us in a majority for us to get done anything we think wise? Why don't we just get together with like-minded people and do it ourselves in the private sector?