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Myanmar Elections

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.

Aung's Hand-Knit Sweater Sells For Record Amount

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 02.27.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's cash-strapped opposition party is tapping into the prestige of its leader: Two sweaters hand-knit by Aung San Suu Ky...

Myanmar Icon Refuses Parliament Seats

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and the rest of her party's newly elected lawmakers will not attend Monday's opening session o...

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.

China: Myanmar Sanctions Should Be Lifted

AP | Posted 04.05.2012 | World

BEIJING -- China on Thursday called for Western countries to immediately lift their punitive sanctions on Myanmar in the wake of by-elections won by o...

HISTORIC ELECTION: Myanmar Opposition Icon Elected To Parliament

AP | TODD PITMAN and AYE AYE WIN | Posted 06.01.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — She struggled for a free Myanmar for a quarter-century, much of it spent locked away under house arrest. Now, the Nobel Peace ...

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.

Democracy Icon Set To Win Office In Historic Vote

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

WAH THIN KHA, Myanmar — Myanmar held a landmark election Sunday that was expected to send democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament for he...

Why Myanmar's Elections Matter

AP | GRANT PECK | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's special election Sunday is for a small portion of parliament seats, but has taken on immense symbolic importance because it will ...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Elections Will Be Neither Free Nor Fair

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that Myanmar's landmark weekend elections will be neither free nor fair because...

From Icon To Parliament

AP | JOCELYN GECKER | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- On Yangon's teeming streets, 2012 is the year of Aung San Suu Kyi. Her once-banished image now appears everywhere, on T-shirts, ke...

Suu Kyi May Run For Parliament In Myanmar

AP | Posted 04.06.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's Election Commission has given opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the green light to run for parliamentary by-electio...

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.

Aung San Suu Kyi Plans To Run For Myanmar Parliament

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to run for parliament in upcoming by-elections, a decision that was expected aft...

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...

Myanmar Election Violence Causespost-polls fighting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Fighting between ethnic rebels and government troops rumbled on for a third day Tuesday as activists warned that the violence,...

Aung San Suu Kyi To Be Freed?

AP | JIM GOMEZ and VIJAY JOSHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HANOI, Vietnam — Southeast Asia's top diplomats confronted Myanmar by demanding that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi be freed before the country's e...

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 a...

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.