Korea eyes democratic Myanmar
There's no doubt that Myanmar is a country in transition. Even its harshest critics admit that many game-changing political reforms have been implemented since the country's first civilian government took office in April 2011.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Radio Free Asia: Myanmar Speaker sets charter change priority in New Parliament Session
Myanmar parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann on Thursday stressed the urgency of considering constitutional amendments as the country's legislature began a new session, calling on lawmakers to work together to further democratic reform in the nation. "We can say that the current environment is the most democratic we've seen in Myanmar in 50 years, but we still have not attained the system that the people expected and haven't reformed as much as the people would have liked," Shwe Mann said at the opening of the latest parliamentary session in the capital Naypyidaw.
Buddhist Activist Delivers Strong Message on 9/11 Anniversary
An "Aternative Nobel"-winning Buddhist activist delivered a message with a cutting edge at the University of Wisconsin on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. "The 9/11 attacks were so much of a shock to Americans," said Sulak Sivaraksa, dressed in traditional Thai robes, with a jacket to shield him from the nip of an early Madison fall.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Banyan: Too much on
WHEN an election commission of questionable independence capriciously calls off elections, you would expect its democratic critics to be up in arms. On September 7th Myanmar's Union Election Commission announced that it was cancelling 35 by-elections expected later this year.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Voice of America
With Myanmar Elections on Horizon, Protest Leader Still Skeptical
Myanmar's political opening has been hailed for loosening the ruling military's tight grip on power and allowing for more democratic rule. But some critics, like one of the monks who led the 2007 uprising known as the Saffron Revolution, says little has changed overall.
The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine
Burmese artist San Zaw Htway takes a break in his studio in Rangoon.
Give him plastic bags of any color, and this former political prisoner will turn them into a work of art. Instead of acrylic paint and brushes, San Zaw Htway opts to work with not only plastic bags, but also cardboard, instant coffee packets and other recycled goods.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Myanmar enters mortal combat against corruption
On February 25, President Thein Sein's government launched the Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar , comprising several former high-ranking military personnel and aided by technical know-how from the UN. The commission has 15 members, five nominated by Thein Sein and the remainder by the lower and upper Houses of parliament.
The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine
National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi.
The by-elections scheduled to be held after the rainy season this year have been canceled, Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye announced Sunday, citing several reasons. This is hardly surprising.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
The Diplomat: The outlook for LGBT rights in Myanmar - Matthew McFetridge
This has been a monumental year for the quotidian struggle for greater LGBT rights in Myanmar. International attention was drawn to Myanmar's LGBT community when Myo Min Htet and Tin Ko Ko held an unofficial wedding ceremony in Yangon, celebrating their relationship in front of friends and family.
Myanmar president calls for 'patience and persistence'
Note that you can only reproduce articles signed "[journalist], swissinfo.ch" If you wish to use more articles per week, please feel free to contact us Myanmar president calls for 'patience and persistence' 08.32.2014 In an interview with the Neue ZA1 4rcher Zeitung , the president of Myanmar, Thein Sein, defends the continued central role of the army, which is guaranteed a quarter of the seats the southeast Asian country's parliament. The leader said his country was going in the right direction, comparing the relatively peaceful transition in Myanmar with the violence seen in some countries during the Arab Spring.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Myanmar axes by-elections in 35 parliamentary seats
YANGON: Myanmar's election commission on Sunday scrapped November by-elections in 35 parliamentary seats, citing the pressure of hosting an upcoming regional summit and extra costs ahead of a nationwide poll in 2015. Explaining the decision, deputy director of the commission Hla Maung Cho said the number of lawmakers who would have been returned to parliament in the by-elections "will not make a big difference" to voting.
The Star Online
Myanmar cancels by-elections
Myanmar has called off an election scheduled for the end of this year to fill 35 vacated seats in parliament, the Union Election Commission announced on Sunday. Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye said that the election would be cancelled because the commission did not have enough time to prepare and because the results would not have any political significance.
The Baltimore Sun
Myanmar cancels by-elections
Myanmar has called off an election scheduled for the end of this year to fill 35 vacated seats in parliament, the Union Election Commission announced on Sunday. Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye said that the election would be canceled because the commission did not have enough time to prepare and because the results would not have any political significance.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Myanmar president visits Switzerland
Note that you can only reproduce articles signed "[journalist], swissinfo.ch" If you wish to use more articles per week, please feel free to contact us Myanmar president visits Switzerland 05.18.2014 Swiss President Didier Burkhalter has welcomed the president of Myanmar, Thein Sein, to Switzerland as part of a ten-day European tour that also includes trips to Germany and the Netherlands. The foreign ministry said in a statement that Switzerland actively supports the democratic transition in Myanmar and the official visit of Thein Sein is part of this.
In Myanmar, China's Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers
A boatman steers his vessel through a mangrove swamp on western Myanmar's Ramree Island. Heavy Chinese investment is beginning to transform the island into a trade and transport hub.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Solar Energy to Light Up Myanmar
In one of the largest U.S. investments in Myanmar since the U.S. government began to ease sanctions in 2012, ACO Investment Group signed an agreement with the Burmese Ministry of Electric Power to build a $480 million solar power project in the Mandalay region.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
John Giles, Brother Kevin Crowley to get Freedom of Dublin City
Football pundit John Giles and Brother Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre are set to receive the Freedom of the City of Dublin.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
Young Rohingya woman chases dream of peace and justice in Myanmar
Wai Wai Nu is a diminutive 27-year-old with pro-democracy activism in her genes and a quarter of her young life spent behind bars.
Sun Aug 31, 2014
Foreign journalists key players in Myanmara s new p...
Reporters hold banners and shout slogans at a demonstration march for press freedom in Yangon earlier this year.
Christian Science Monitor
For Myanmar political predictions, locals look to the stars
For years, Myanmar watchers attributed the odd decisions made by the country's military rulers to an influential class of government apparatchik: the astrologer bureaucrat.