A recent series of visits by US officials to Myanmar signaled the renewal of relations[GALLO/GETTY] Obama unveils ‘new chapter’ in Myanmar ties Rewards for reforms include first US ambassador to South Asian nation in 22 years and easing of investment sanctions. The ‘new chapter’ is finding another country to influence. Closed government means ‘not open [...]
Australia eases sanctions on Myanmar President among 260 civilian officials no longer subject to restrictions, but measures still in place against army.
Australia removed Thein Sein from the sanctions list, but military officers remained [Reuters] Australia’s government has announced an easing of sanctions and moves to normalise trade ties with Myanmar following recent reforms by the country’s civilian government. But Bob Carr, Australia’s foreign minister, said on Monday that sanctions would remain in place against about 130 military [...]
Aung San Suu Kyi supporters claim victory in Burma byelection Burmese Nobel laureate and pro-democracy linchpin said to have won 65% of preferences counted so far after landmark vote
Supporters of the National League for Democracy cheer holding a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyias they watch a screen in Rangoon. Photograph: Reuters Esmer Golluoglu in Rangoon guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 April 2012 13.20 BST Article history Aung San Suu Kyi supporters claim victory in Burma byelection Burmese Nobel laureate and pro-democracy linchpin said to have won 65% [...]
KIA officer visits his displaced family at their temporary shelter outside Laiza, Kachin State, January 29, 2012. © 2012 James Robert Fuller DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES: Burma: Reforms Yet to Reach Kachin State (Burmese Translation – PDF) “Untold Miseries” – Summary (Burmese Translation – PDF) RELATED MATERIALS: “Untold Miseries” Burma: Ensure Aid Access in Kachin State MORE [...]
Aung San Suu Kyi’s broadcast is censored in Burma poll runup Opposition leader says her party is banned from criticising previous government during TV and radio promotions
Aung San Suu Kyi has complained that her party has been censored while promoting its policies. Photograph: Khin Maung Win/AP Burma‘s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that government censors are not allowing her party to criticise the previous military-run governments when it promotes its policies on state-run radio and television before next month’s elections. [...]
As Myanmar opens up, it must be careful to impose proper policy and oversight on foreign companies [GALLO/GETTY] Some of the many causes ascribed to the financial crisis in the United States are improper regulation, deregulation and inadequate enforcement by regulatory agencies. More recently, this regulatory tale has been supplemented with a structural economic narrative. [...]
Myanmar: What is in it for the US? As US officials visit, we ask if progress is underway or if Myanmar’s president is the public face of the old junta.
There has been a flurry of recent visits to Myanmar by Western governments offering more development assistance. The US says it now wants to restore full diplomatic relations with the nation following its recent reforms. “They haven’t changed anything yet, but they saw the Arab Spring happening in the Middle East [...]
Suu Kyi to run for Myanmar parliament Myanmar democratic opposition leader confirms she will stand for parliament in April by-elections.
Aung San Suu Kyi‘s National League for Democracy (NLD) boycotted last year’s election [Reuters] Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed she will run for a parliamentary seat in April by-elections. Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party (NLD), said on Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner [...]
Aung San Suu Kyi calls for change as Hague makes historic visit to Burma Burmese pro-democracy leader tells followers to continue their ‘march to freedom’ ahead of foreign secretary’s visit
Aung San Suu Kyi told supporters to continue their march to freedom as William Hague prepared to visit the country. Photograph: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel prizewinner, made an impassioned appeal to her followers on Wednesday “to continue the march on the road to freedom”, on [...]
Myanmar sets April date for by-elections Government says voting to be held on April 1, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s party set to run for first time in 20 years.
Myanmar‘s parliament is dominated by the military, through reserved seats and pro-military parties [GALLO/GETTY] Myanmar has set April 1 as the date for parliamentary by-elections, which will see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi‘s party return to mainstream politics for the first time in two decades. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has said [...]
Western hunger for Myanmar’s ‘cleansed’ lands Recent reforms in Myanmar don’t address the country’s brutal wars against ethnic minorities
. Clinton warned Myanmar to be wary of donors whose main interest is resource extraction [GALLO/GETTY] When a team of health professionals reached the makeshift camps along the China-Myanmar border in September to meet with refugees displaced by fighting in Kachin State, they encountered a young boy whose tale symptomises how debased the wars in [...]
Myanmar likely to free political prisoners Officials say jailed activists, including hundreds from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, may be pardoned within days.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (L), seen with President Thein Sein, was released last year [File photo: EPA] Myanmar likely to free political prisoners Officials say jailed activists, including hundreds from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, may be pardoned within days. Myanmar is set to free hundreds of political prisoners [...]
No ‘meaningful change’ in Myanmar: Suu Kyi Email Print AFP/File – No “meaningful change” has taken place since Myanmar’s first elections in 20 years in November, … – Wed May 11, 6:32 pm ET BERLIN (AFP) – No “meaningful change” has taken place since Myanmar’s first elections in 20 years in November, recently released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in comments [...]