November 2011


Htan Pin, Myanmar — Farmers in this hamlet outside Myanmar’s commercial capital have never heard of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and they shrug when asked about democracy, a word they don’t recognize. (more…)

Naypyitaw – Myanmar’s new capital, Naypyitaw, translates as “Abode of Kings,” fitting for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to begin historic talks that could restore some luster to one of the world’s most reclusive states. (more…)

IN ONE of Yangon’s narrow, rundown streets a pharmacist glares suspiciously as I squeeze past his cupboard-sized shop to climb a dim and dusty staircase. It took dozens of phone calls and the help of friends to reach these steps. At the top of them I hope to find Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, Myanmar’s most famous comedian. (more…)

Chiang Mai – 88-generation student activists say the National League for Democracy (NLD) has agreed that if they join the NLD, they can run in five constituencies in the coming by-election under the NLD banner. (more…)

Chiang Mai – A Burmese government peace delegation and top Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) leaders met for two hours on Tuesday in Shweli in China’s Yunnan Province to seek a cease-fire. (more…)

As Myanmar’s government continues down a road of reform, many investors are wondering when — and whether — to re-enter the country. (more…)

Chiang Mai – Two hydropower dam projects on the Shweli River in northeast Burma will displace 30,000 acres of arable lands, affecting local residents’ tea plantations, paddy fields and forests. (more…)

An area of Kachin state in northern Burma designated as off-limits to aid groups is suffering from major food shortages and spread of diseases, according to a report which claims to show “compelling evidence” of human rights violations committed by the Burmese military in the war-torn state. (more…)

Beijing — When Myanmar’s military leader, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, arrived here on Monday in a crisp tan uniform and a matching cap, he got a welcome from the very highest levels of the Chinese government. (more…)

Yangon, Burma – Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to contest upcoming by-elections and is confident democracy will come to the country but said Wednesday further reforms are needed before the U.S. lifts sanctions. (more…)

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was arriving for a historic visit to long-isolated Burma, the leading democracy advocate in that Southeast Asian nation was recounting a story that captures both the hopefulness of the moment and the fragility of that hope. (more…)

Bangkok – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s groundbreaking visit to Myanmar offers its military leaders something that’s eluded them during decades of iron-fisted rule a little respect from the West. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi has been compared to Nelson Mendela, one of the greatest iconic statesmen of the 20th century, for her steely will and strong convictions while standing tall for democracy and fighting courageously for the freedom of the people. Like Mandela, she is committed to nonviolence. She is unwavering in her beliefs. Some so-called Western liberals have labeled her ‘stubborn,” “hard-headed” and some even dared to accuse her of politically naïvete. (more…)

Deep in jungles far from the international spotlight, Myanmar’s army continues to torture and kill civilians in campaigns to stamp out some of the world’s longest-running insurgencies. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — The waves of change sweeping Myanmar are trickling down to the broken sidewalks and potholed streets of this dilapidated city.
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Yangon, – After decades of military dictatorship and economic malaise, glimmers of hope are finally emerging among Myanmar’s long-suffering people of a brighter future for the impoverished nation. (more…)

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted China-Myanmar border region late last night, the China Earthquake Networks Center reported. (more…)

Yangon – In the first half of the 20th century, when it was known as Burma in Britain’s eastern empire, Myanmar and its lush Irrawaddy delta were celebrated as the “rice bowl of Asia,” leading the world in rice exports. (more…)

Beijing – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, meeting with Myanmar’s military chief, urged deeper military cooperation, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported. (more…)

GURGAON: “I believe colour can tell everything about a human being’s feelings and thoughts,” says the renowned Burmese artist, Zaw Win Pe. And the colours in his naturalistic landscapes, 21 of which are being exhibited for the first time in the country, are as far from nature’s idyll as can be. His abstract canvases depict the skies an oppressive shade of purple, the fields a burning array of oranges and browns, and the trees a charcoal black. (more…)

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