Wednesday, January 02, 2013

President Thein Sein: Mutual trust between government and people is success of Myanmar’s democratic transition

1 Jan 2013

President Thein Sein said the mutual trust between the government and the people 
is a success of Myanmar’s democratic transition in his radio address this morning.

Wives and Mothers of the Nation

1 Jan 2013

What did it mean to be a “modern woman” in Myanmar during the colonial period 
from 1920 to 1940? How were they perceived by a society with strong nationalistic 
sentiments? “Refiguring Women, Colonialism, & Modernity in Burma” provides 
an interesting insight to these issues.

UN Engagement Vital for Rights Reform

1 Jan 2013

In a dramatic break from the past, Myanmar is undergoing significant political reform. 
On November 7, 2010, the country held its first election in 20 years. 
Though the election was neither free nor fair and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was only released 
from house arrest six days after the polls, reforms instituted following 
President U Thein Sein’s inauguration in March 2011 have given the outside 
world substantial reason for hope.

Chaung Tha–Classic Delta Beach Retreat

1 Jan 2013

Judging by the number of building projects underway in Chaung Tha, 
one gets the impression that the village has bold ambitions. 
This spot on Myanmar’s western coast has in recent years become 
an alternative beachside haven for Yangonites put off by the cost 
and inconvenience of reaching its better known rival to north, Ngapali.

Asian Giants Revise Myanmar Policy

1 Jan 2012

As reforms are slowly worked through Myanmar’s Parliament, a shift is 
taking place in the country’s foreign relations. Better dealings with the West aside, 
the long-time military-ruled nation’s international rebirth 
has prompted other palpable changes.

As War Intensifies, Tough Times for Kachin Women

1 Jan 2013

LAIZA, Kachin State—At a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) checkpoint three 
or so miles up a hill behind Laiza, the rebel group’s headquarters, 13 women 
share what looks like a cramped two-room quarters, taking turns to keep watch 
on traffic winding up and down the road to the town below.