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Aung San Suu Kyi Nominated For Cabinet In Myanmar

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.22.2016 | World

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president-elect has nominated Aung San Suu Kyi to join the cabinet formed by her National League for Democracy (NLD), the...

Myanmar Election: How Key Actors Fared

Erin Murphy | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

The election represents a critical milestone for this fledgling democracy; however, Myanmar's future political, social, and economic trajectory depends heavily on the transfer of power and ensuing formation of government and how the new ruling party is able to govern.

Young Voters From Burma Speak Out

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Kyle David Anderson

Aung San Suu Kyi, global icon turned savvy Burmese politician, and her opposition democratic party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have won a resounding victory in Myanmar.

Myanmar's Election Is a Promising Step Toward a Brighter Future, but Much Remains to Be Done

Ma Thida | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Ma Thida

YANGON, Myanmar -- After almost five decades of military rule, having a democratic government is a dream no more. But the road ahead will be truly bumpy and tricky.

The Tortoise Revolution in Myanmar

Rose Foran | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Rose Foran

A Tortoise Revolution is underway in Myanmar, progressing so slowly and steadily -- you can barely notice it. But it's there. Five years ago it was too dangerous to even utter the word "democracy" in public.

Aung San Suu Kyi Must Not Let Politics Get in the Way of Human Rights

Hanna Hindstrom | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Hanna Hindstrom

YANGON, Myanmar -- If Suu Kyi's ascent is perceived as too threatening, there is greater risk that the military will continue to exploit anti-Muslim hostility in order to destabilize the post-election climate. And despite her numerous pro-democracy accolades, Suu Kyi has refused to speak in defense of the Rohingya Muslims and recently warned foreign media not to "exaggerate" their plight.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Vows To Call Shots After Election Victory

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.10.2015 | World

YANGON/MANDALAY, Myanmar, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear on Tuesday she was ready to defy attempts by th...

The Rohingya Are Suu Kyi's Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy

Harrison Akins | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Harrison Akins

The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people.

Think Burma Is a Democracy Now? Think Again.

Mark Farmaner | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Mark Farmaner

Burma now has a hybrid system of military rule and democracy. It's democracy on a leash. The victims of human rights abuses can't wait for a hoped slow transition. They need genuine democracy, and they need it now. For them it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. It isn't time to celebrate yet.

This Women's Group In Myanmar Is Fighting Extremism With Education

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.13.2015 | World

On Sunday, the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, will go to the ballot and vote in the country's parliamentary election. However the situation w...

The Myanmar Election: What Can We Expect?

Erin Murphy | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

Trying to predict the outcome of the election has been deemed by at least one Myanmar-based media outlet as "lunacy," however, three scenarios are emerging as the most likely outcomes of November 8.

The World's Role in Burma's Peace Process

Roi Bachmutsky | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Roi Bachmutsky

Despite the respectable reforms the country has seen in recent years, Burma remains stuck in Orwell's 1984 as a state that governs with an iron fist and speaks in contradictions.

Welcome to Myanmar's (Empty) Capital City, President Obama!

Paula Froelich | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

President Obama is about to go to Myanmar for the second time in two years - #BIGDEAL alert! - but, after a recent visit to Myanmar's brand spanking new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, I was wondering: Will anyone actually be there to greet him when he gets there?

Thai Coup: Lessons for Myanmar

Erin Murphy | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Erin Murphy

Thailand is, or perhaps was, a leading member of ASEAN, but has become a poor example to follow.

Lunch with Aung San Suu Kyi

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Cherno Jobatey

There are political figures everyone adores like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Bishop Tutu or the Dalai Lama. Most people might not know exactly what happened back then, but somehow pretty much everyone is pretty sure that they must have been "on the right side."

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

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.

The Lady She's a Goddess: A Talk With Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

This month, an exceptional film about Suu Kyi and her struggles, directed by Luc Besson and titled The Lady comes to U.S. screens. It is a film that reminded me why I love cinema.

PHOTOS: Tips For Visiting Myanmar Now

Simone Girner | Posted 06.01.2012 | Travel
Simone Girner

If things continue to change as fast as they have been, it will be different to visit even six months from now, let alone years when -- predictably, hopefully -- the sanctions will have been lifted and U.S. and European investors will have discovered this culturally rich place.

Burma or Myanmar: Is This a de Klerk Moment?

Jack Healey | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Jack Healey

The civilian/military government of Myanmar now is making moves that may be similar to de Klerk, the Prime Minister of the last apartheid government in South Africa.

Burma Election Reignites Ethnic Tensions

The Irrawaddy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The seizure of two Burmese border towns by ethnic rebels is a significant move in the ethnic armed struggle of the past 20 years, and the latest attac...

FREE AT LAST: Emotional Photos From Aung San Suu Kyi's Release

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi took her first steps back into Myanmar's political minefield Sunday, vowing to press ahead...

Aung San Suu Kyi RELEASED: PHOTOS Of The Detained Myanmar Opposition Leader

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Having been hailed as the "new Mandela," Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed Nov. 13 after her military-imposed house arrest finally ...

Aung San Suu Kyi, Detained Myanmar Opposition Leader, Expected To Be Freed Six Days After 'Sham' Election

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to be released from house arrest just six days after a military-backed party won her...

Burma CYBER ATTACK Underway As Election Nears

The Jakarta Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A massive cyber attack has crippled Internet services in Burma ahead of Sunday's election, IT experts and Web service providers say, raising fears of ...

The Burmese Elections: Prolonging the Misery and Postponing the Inevitable

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

This election is evidence that their last shreds of political legitimacy have evaporated. The international community has to recognize this inevitable "victory" for what it is -- the last gasp of a decaying system.