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Burma is at a Crossroads? Again?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

That there has been major change happening is certainly true. But much more needs to be done, and as quickly as possible in some areas. The very nature of human rights suggests (or certainly should suggest) that they are universal and irrevocable.

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.

Myanmar Frees 69 Prisoners In 'Loving Kindness'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

YANGON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Myanmar released 69 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty the government described as an act of "loving kindness" i...

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.

Living at the Gates of Myanmar's 'Industrial Revolution'

Burma Journal | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Burma Journal

The family migrated from the largely agricultural Delta region to Yangon two years ago, settling here in the Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone, home to some of Myanmar's biggest manufacturers, making products ranging from shoes to soda pop to allergy medicine.

Obama, Take Note: Wireless Revolution Is Coming in Myanmar

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Jerrold D. Green

Threats still exist for foreign telecom companies looking to enter the market in Myanmar -- from regulatory risk to civil unrest and political concerns. These are very real considerations for companies making investment decisions.

Can Burma Take a Lesson From George Washington?

Rena Pederson | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Rena Pederson

A series of decision points for Thein Sein will soon tell whether Burma means business: Will the military-dominated Constitution be liberalized to allow more inclusion? Will cease-fires with ethic groups be honored? Will more political prisoners be released?

Myanmar Frees 20 Political Prisoners

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 07.17.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's president pardoned at least 20 political prisoners on Friday, just ahead of an historic state visit to the United St...

Aung San Suu Kyi -- Silence to Genocide?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Recognition is a blessing but also an obligation towards those marginalized, oppressed, and ultimately targeted/victimized. Voices are now literally and figuratively being silenced by killings on one hand and a desire to only see the best in a new Myanmar.

Questions for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Freedom House | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Freedom House

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated as the next U.S. secretary of state. Kerry’s c...

Myanmar Is a Test of U.S. Engagement in Asia

David L. Phillips | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

President Obama's recent trip to Myanmar is the first by a sitting U.S. president. Human rights groups say the trip was premature. For sure, more work is needed to consolidate peace and progress in Myanmar. But Obama made the right decision.

Obama Is Getting Rangoon Right, We Should Too

Jack Healey | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Jack Healey

As democracy and decency and fairness spreads throughout the land of Burma, there will be time for arguments, clarifications, and dissent. For now, let us stick with the Mandela of Asia whose name everyone now knows.

Violence In Myanmar Ahead Of Obama Visit

AP | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported Friday, highlighting one of...

Myanmar Prez Makes Historic Trip To NYC

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's reformist president left Monday for New York to tout his country's makeover at the United Nations and push for an end to ...

Myanmar Ends Censorship Of Media

AP | YADANA HTUN | Posted 10.19.2012 | Media

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar abolished direct censorship of the media Monday in the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression i...

Rioters Burn Hundreds Of Homes In Sectarian Violence In Myanmar

AP | Posted 08.09.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in western Myanmar have restored order after rioters burned hundreds of homes in sectarian violence that kille...

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's Party Returns To Politics After Two Decades

AP | GRANT PECK | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cautioned Thursday that the democratic reforms started by Myanmar's nominally civilian gove...

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...

Aung San Suu Kyi Honored At University Of Michigan

AP | By ED WHITE | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact

By ED WHITE, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freedom from fear is the "master key" that clears the way for other liberties, Nobel Peace laurea...

Burma and Reform: All Talk and no Walk?

Simon Roughneen | Posted 11.13.2011 | Media
Simon Roughneen

It isn't easy working as a journalist under Burma's military rulers. The army has run the country since 1962, and although there were elections in November 2010 - the first in two decades - the army's party won easily and the new Government is headed by Thein Sein, a former General and Prime Minister under the ancien regime.

SHAM: Myanmar's Junta Officially 'Dissolves'

AP | Posted 05.30.2011 | World

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Myanmar's junta was officially disbanded Wednesday after handing over power to a new so-called civilian government, the latest p...