September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.
March 12, 2013 |
YANGON, Myanmar - Aung San Suu Kyi was selected Sunday to continue as head of Myanmar's main opposition party, keeping her leadership post even as the party undergoes a makeover to adjust to the country's new democratic framework. The Nobel laureate was named chairwoman of the National League for Democracy's new executive board on the final day of a landmark three-day party congress attended by 894 delegates from around the country. The congress also expanded the group's Central Executive Committee from seven members to 15, in a revitalization and reform effort ahead of Myanmar's 2015 general election.
November 21, 2012 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - For all the attention wrenched elsewhere in recent days - on violence in the Middle East, the fiscal cliff back home - President Obama's speedy trip to Southeast Asia achieved a major goal: It was clearly seen in the region as a validation of Asia's strategic importance as the United States refocuses its foreign policy to counter China's clout. It wasn't easy. Even in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, Obama could not escape the budget woes waiting for him back home.
November 19, 2012 |
YANGON, Myanmar - Launching a landmark visit to long- shunned Myanmar, President Obama said Monday that he came to "extend the hand of friendship" to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But his praise and personal attention came with an admonition to those in charge: The work of ensuring and protecting freedoms has just begun. On an overcast and steamy day, Obama touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma. Tens of thousands of people packed the streets to see his motorcade speed through the city.
November 17, 2012
By Patricia DeBoer On Monday, President Obama is expected to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar (Burma), the strongest endorsement yet of the country's reform efforts. There is no doubt that tremendous political change has taken place in Myanmar, including the election of opposition party members - among them Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi - to the new government. Washington has lifted long-standing sanctions and normalized relations with the once-isolated country.
October 27, 2012
Aung Gyi, 93, a senior army officer who served briefly in Myanmar's postcoup military junta, but later became a founder of the country's pro-democracy movement, died Thursday of cardiac arrest. Brig. Gen. Aung Gyi was second in command in the army, then in the junta set up after Gen. Ne Win seized power in a 1962 coup. But the next year, Mr. Gyi's public comments about the coup and economic policies led to his ouster. He was imprisoned in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s for his continuing criticism, but his open letters to Ne Win about economic reform were a catalyst for the failed 1988 mass pro-democracy uprising that toppled his former superior.
September 26, 2012 |
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Thousands of elated supporters greeted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with cheers, tears, and a standing ovation Tuesday as she took to the stage at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the United States. Among them was Myo Myint, who, like Suu Kyi, was imprisoned in Myanmar in 1989. But Myint, who spent 15 years as a political prisoner and wants to return home, said he doesn't believe Suu Kyi will be able to help him do so. That's because he says he's too well-known for working against the junta, having been featured in an HBO documentary called Burma Soldier.
September 25, 2012 |
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Eight thousand miles separate southeast Asia from the American Midwest, but when Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits an Indiana city on Tuesday, it will be a kind of homecoming. Fort Wayne, home to one of the United States' largest Burmese populations, has become an unlikely base for opposition to the country's former military regime. Here, Suu Kyi's followers meet regularly, criticizing what's happening in their homeland through Voice of America broadcasts and YouTube videos, lobbying Congress for continued economic sanctions, and raising money for the opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
September 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The elder stateswoman of the human-rights struggle sat on stage in pearls and a floor-length traditional skirt, pink roses pinned in her chignon. The shaggy performance artist whose punk-rocker wife sits in a Moscow jail rose with the couple's 4-year-old daughter, who placed a bouquet in Aung San Suu Kyi's lap. On Thursday, 400 young activists gathered in Washington at the Newseum and applauded. A generation and a continent apart, the understated Suu Kyi, one of the world's most famous political prisoners until her release in Myanmar in 2010, briefly shared the spotlight with friends and family of the feminist culture warriors known as Pussy Riot, three of whose members are serving two years in prison for an anti-Kremlin stunt in a Moscow cathedral.
September 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers united by their respect for Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi presented her with Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda, ahead of a meeting with President Obama. Suu Kyi called it "one of the most moving days of my life. " She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under a 15-year house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule. Her long-awaited visit to America finally provided an opportunity for her to receive the honor in person in Congress' most majestic setting, beneath the dome of the Capitol and ringed by marble statues of former presidents.