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In Myanmar, A Golden Opportunity for American Soft Power

Philip Smucker | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Philip Smucker

While in the U.S. this week, Suu Kyi is being applauded as a Nobel Peace Laureate and champion of the oppressed, her authority, mostly moral and political, but non-military, remains fragile at best. Without dedicated U.S. support for years to come, Myanmar stands to crumble as a patchwork of diversity and revert once more to authoritarian rule.

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Myanmar, Shocks Felt Across Region

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 08.24.2016 | World

YANGON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people including two children, and damagin...

The Real Reason I Travel Alone

David Anthony | Posted 05.02.2016 | Travel
David Anthony

Often times, I tell my friends and family back at home that I am venturing off to Vietnam & Cambodia for a few days, or I am going to try backpacking ...

Yangon Happy Hours: Where to Drink

David Anthony | Posted 04.27.2016 | Travel
David Anthony

The rules of this post were simple: I allowed myself one taxi ride the whole night (to show great budgeting style) and had to find bars in downtown Ya...

Voting Underway In Myanmar's First Free Election In 25 Years

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.07.2015 | World

YANGON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar's first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation's biggest stride ...

A Picture Postcard From Myanmar

Alison Teal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Travel
Alison Teal

Thought to be a good cure for acne as well as an effective sunscreen, women and girls (and to some extent boys) have applied it to their faces for over 2000 years.

A Picture Postcard From Yangon, Myanmar

Alison Teal | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
Alison Teal

"Why is the Buddha so effeminate?" I asked our guide. "It's all in the eyes of the artist. The artist wants to make the Buddha the most beautiful thi...

In Myanmar, a Former Hijacker Finds His Own 'Middle Path,' Without Regrets

Tom Nagorski | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

Returning to Myanmar after a quarter century, one is confronted constantly by reminders of how much the country has changed.

Photographing the Young Monks of Myanmar

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

After picking up my visa and exchanging some U.S. dollars for kyat I stepped out of the airport into the steam that is Yangon, Myanmar, during the monsoon season. A time of year good for photographers to avoid those unsightly tourists that invade a viewfinder during picture taking or worse not seen until the proofs appear on screen.

Can China and India Coexist in Myanmar?

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

India views Myanmar's emerging political transformation as a strategic and ideological opening that offers New Delhi an opportunity to dilute Chinese influence while expanding India's strategic depth.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs.

Buddhism in the Time of Termites

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Virginia M. Moncrieff

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.

Six Reasons You Should Chuck the Spa Vacation and Indulge in Exotic Myanmar (PHOTOS)

Susan Portnoy | Posted 05.25.2013 | Travel
Susan Portnoy

Whether you're a seasoned traveler looking for something new, or you just want a grand adventure, Myanmar (a/k/a Burma) should be high on your short list.

PHOTOS: Myanmar's Last Synagogue

Jessica Beaton | Posted 02.19.2013 | Travel
Jessica Beaton

Built in 1896 to replace an earlier building erected in 1854, the synagogue is a relic from Myanmar's colonial period.

Frugal Flashpackers Arrive in Yangon

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 03.09.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Ellen Niver

On September 28, 2012, we flew on Air Asia from Bangkok, Thailand to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). This is country #3 on our year adventure. Both George and I had been to Myanmar (Burma) before but this is our first time together. We can't wait to share our adventures with you.

When Will Aung San Suu Kyi Really Tackle Sanctions?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Since her November release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi has been "talking and listening" to her followers in Burma. What she was hearing may have surprised her.

PHOTOS: Does Myanmar Girl Break Record For The Most Fingers And Toes?

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - From almost the moment Le Yati Min was born, her mother knew the girl had a little something extra. (Scroll down for photos) ...

In Burmese Opposition There Will Be No Reform: Aung San Suu Kyi

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The growing discontent with the NLD has been obvious inside Burma for most of the past decade. It came to light internationally when, during the November elections, desperate discussions were held about the official boycott.

WikiLeaks: Burma's Opposition Stifled By Old Farts and Uninformed Analysis

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.

Burma: democracy banned but NLD lifts tourism boycott

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

On Sunday, as Burmese head to the polls (or more likely stay indoors, in an opposition inspired boycott) a far reaching decision by the main oppositio...

Suu Kyi Trial: Burma's Democracy Leader Testifies, Telling Rangoon Court She's Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified for the first time at her trial on Tuesday, denying that she had violated any law by giving sh...