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Saffron Revolution

Burma -- Or Is it Myanmar? -- Goes to See Its Shrink

MP Nunan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

"I had a really bad weekend," Burma says. "Or a really good one," says the shrink. "The first reasonably free-and-fair election since 1990?"

When Non-Violence Isn't Enough

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

Failed "color revolutions" expose the leaders for who they really are. During these delicate moments, international support is more -- not less -- justified.

China Wants Big Brother; Does the Middle East Need Him?

Michael Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Levy

Maybe Muslims, like China, need autocracy. Maybe stability means more than political freedom. Maybe some cultures or countries are just not capable of. . . of what? Responsible democracy?

So You Say You Want a Revolution?

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Take a look at this handy chart covering a smattering of recent revolutions, militant movements, terror groups and insurgencies to see how others have tried to topple a government!

Quest for Bona Fide Democracy: Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Aung San Suu Kyi's release is no trivial event. Her new found freedom is not only a testament to her resilience, but also to the enduring strength of the democratic movement in Burma.

Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted from OpenDemocracy.net, series on Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment Given continued strikes in Iran and the freeing of Aung San S...

Burma's Revolution: Goodbye, Generals (with Shaazka Beyerle)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

In honor of the upcoming elections in Burma, here is a re-post of an article published at Truthout by me and Shaazka Beyerle in October of 2007. The...

Burma's Electoral Authoritarianism

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Three years ago, Buddhist monks organized peaceful demonstrations in the streets of Burma. What they got in return was a violent crackdown by the state. And now, the country is ushering in a new form of politics: electoral authoritarianism.

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.

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Oscar-pick Burma VJ Airs on HBO

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James Rotondi

If the totalitarian nightmare portrayed in George Orwell's 1984 strikes you as an implausible portrait of state control and repression, a single viewi...

A Benefit to Support Burmese Children Refugees

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

Profits from a fundraiser will go to support the orphaned Burmese refugees housed at the Child Protection and Education Center at Mae Tao Clinic.

Suu Kyi Trial: Burmese Protest With Small Signs Of Defiance

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — The spray-painted demands appear overnight: "Free Aung San Suu Kyi" read the scrawls on walls across this city _ only to be wh...

Obama, Burmese Monks Call For Release Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hanna Ingber Win

Burmese monks talk to HuffPost about Suu Kyi's arrest, repression in Burma and the state of the democracy movement about a year and a half after the Saffron Revolution.

'Burma VJs: Reporting From a Closed Country': Filmmaking at Its Incendiary Best

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Watching Burma VJs, it's natural to wonder how best the United States can help. With our motives suspect, it might not be a good idea for us to intervene directly beyond sanctions.

Karen Independence Movement: Seven Decades Of Futility?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

At 60 years, the Karen resistance against the three A's -- annihilation, absorption, and assimilation -- is either the world's longest-running war for independence or its most extended exercise in futility.