Burma http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19165/all en Free Burma Rangers: a US military man's dream http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110224/burma-myanmar-karen-junta <p> When a US soldier retires from action, there&#39;s no telling where he will find use for himself. Just ask the &quot;Father of the White Monkey,&quot; as he is called by the Karen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110224/burma-myanmar-karen-junta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Asia-Pacific Military Thailand Sun, 06 Mar 2011 12:55:00 +0000 Alex Ellgee 5626623 at http://www.globalpost.com Secretive Myanmar replaces military junta with "civilian" government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110330/myanmar-burma-junta-election <p> Opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi says she hopes to have better relations with Myanmar&#39;s new government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110330/myanmar-burma-junta-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Myanmar Elections Asia-Pacific Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:27:33 +0000 News Desk 5634199 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: New tactics needed in Burma http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110419/myanmar-burma-sanctions <p> The time is long overdue to change these failed policies and try a new way to achieve the same goals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110419/myanmar-burma-sanctions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Myanmar Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Global Economy Opinion Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:48:00 +0000 Jim Della-Giacoma 5638826 at http://www.globalpost.com Burma's prisoner release plan a "sick joke" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/burma-myanmar-death-penalty-prisoner-release <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than 10,000 prisoners are to be released today, but 2,000 political detainees languish in jail. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Burma began releasing thousands of prisoners today &mdash; you&#39;d think it would be good news.</p> <p> And it is, for the 14,600 mostly common criminals that President Thein Sein took pity upon, according to the <a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/05/17/myanmar-frees-14600-few-political-prisoners.html">Jakarta Post&nbsp;</a></p> <p> Thein Sein granted clemency to 348 death-row prisoners, lifting the death penalty and commuting their terms to life in prison. He reduced other prisoners&#39; sentences by one year, according to media reports.</p> <p> Prisoners with less than a year to go in their sentences presumably will be released, according to Human Rights Watch.</p> <p> But this mass prisoner release pertains to almost none of the political prisoners held under vague laws for double-digit jail terms.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jpNni50Z1d9kv-J1oYMaAMrx6U3w?docId=CNG.b0f43da7c5e925fe261ed12d7a23011f.4b1">Human Rights Watch</a> said it was a &quot;pathetic response&quot; to international calls for widespread amnesty.</p> <p> &quot;The government&#39;s gesture will be welcomed by a great many prisoners in Burma, but for the 2,100 political prisoners unjustly serving sentences of up to 65 years, the one-year reduction is a sick joke,&quot; said Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch&#39;s deputy Asia director.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/burma-myanmar-death-penalty-prisoner-release" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Asia-Pacific The Rice Bowl Tue, 17 May 2011 21:07:35 +0000 Emily Lodish 5645458 at http://www.globalpost.com Burma's war as seen through the perpetrators' eyes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110520/burma%E2%80%99s-wa-through-the-perpetrators-eyes <p> BANGKOK &mdash; Myo Myint tells of his experience fighting --&nbsp;at times for the tormentor, and at times for the tormented -- in&nbsp;the new HBO documentary &ldquo;Burma Soldier.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110520/burma%E2%80%99s-wa-through-the-perpetrators-eyes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Myanmar Entertainment Asia-Pacific Military Sun, 22 May 2011 12:53:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5646293 at http://www.globalpost.com A former soldier in Burma's military http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5646408 A former Burmese soldier recounts the war from the villains’ perspective. Burma Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Military Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:12:31 +0000 Nic Dunlop 5646408 at http://www.globalpost.com Aung San Suu Kyi to tour Burma http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110531/aung-san-suu-kyi-tour-burma <p> This will be the first tour Suu Kyi has taken since she and her entourage were ambushed by members of the junta eight years ago while they traveled in northern Burma.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110531/aung-san-suu-kyi-tour-burma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar World Leaders Asia-Pacific Tue, 31 May 2011 04:41:00 +0000 News Desk 5648298 at http://www.globalpost.com From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here are the world's forgotten revolutions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions <p> LONDON &mdash; From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here&#39;s what the media have been neglecting &mdash; and why.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Albania Arab Spring Burma China Egypt Georgia Libya Mongolia Myanmar Swaziland Syria Uighurs World Leaders Yemen Conflict Zones Europe China Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:29:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5649774 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea's Burma missile shipment intercepted: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110613/north-korea-myanmar-missile-shipment-intercepted <p> The United States Navy intercepted a North Korean shipment carrying missile technology to Burma and forced the vessel to return home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110613/north-korea-myanmar-missile-shipment-intercepted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar North Korea Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Mon, 13 Jun 2011 04:56:00 +0000 News Desk 5650841 at http://www.globalpost.com Aung San Suu Kyi: Arab Spring is an "inspiration" to the Burmese http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110628/aung-san-suu-kyi-arab-spring-inspiration-the-burmese <p> Suu Kyi compared the battles in the Middle East against oppressive, authoritarian regimes to her own people&#39;s efforts to overthrow their government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110628/aung-san-suu-kyi-arab-spring-inspiration-the-burmese" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Burma Myanmar Tunisia World Leaders Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Middle East Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:36:00 +0000 News Desk 5661119 at http://www.globalpost.com Kyaw Win, top Burma diplomat in US, defects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110704/kyaw-win-burma-diplomat-us-defects <p> Kyaw Win said the elections held in November did nothing to improve the poltiical situation in the country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110704/kyaw-win-burma-diplomat-us-defects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Politics Mon, 04 Jul 2011 05:54:00 +0000 News Desk 5668724 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: Burmese army exploits prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110811/burma-myanmar-prisoners-war-karen <p> CHIANG MAI &mdash; In his several weeks at the front lines, Tun Tun Aung witnessed 10 convict porters fatally step on landmines.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110811/burma-myanmar-prisoners-war-karen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Aid Opinion Health Thailand Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:32:44 +0000 David Scott Mathieson 5672948 at http://www.globalpost.com Suu Kyi meets President Thein Sein in Burma http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110819/suu-kyi-meets-president-thein-sein-burma <p> There is speculation that the Burmese government wants to reach out to Suu Kyi and establish a consensus with her in order to use her influence to persuade the West to lift sanctions on Burma. The government also likely hopes to improve its image abroad while consolidating its power at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110819/suu-kyi-meets-president-thein-sein-burma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Myanmar Asia-Pacific Politics Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:06:38 +0000 News Desk 5673515 at http://www.globalpost.com Burma wants your Oldsmobile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/burma-myanmar-cars-sanctions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many cars in Burma are more than 30 years old, and the government has launched a program by which you can swap one for a newer model. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Being in Burma can feel like someone pressed the pause button on life.</p> <p> It&#39;s isolated and, when I was there three years ago, there was only one place you could get money off your ATM card: a luxury hotel in Rangoon, where they sent your request through Singapore and you had to pay $70 for the pleasure.</p> <p> In many ways, and largely thanks to sanctions, Burma feels stuck in time. Folks who speak English will quote movies from the &#39;80s and ask if you listen to Anthrax.</p> <p> Economic sanctions, which have been largely ineffective in spurring the government toward reform, have had the side-effect of keeping everyday folks behind the times in terms of material goods.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110520/burma’s-wa-through-the-perpetrators-eyes">Burma&#39;s war seen through the perpetrators&#39; eyes </a></strong></p> <p> A major reason why sanctions haven&#39;t been effective is due to key players like China opting out, and I remember thinking that all the cars and boats and buses, for the most part, seemed like they were 30 years old and Chinese.</p> <p> A lot of the cars &mdash; around 10,000, according to state media &mdash; are in fact 30. And the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14976784">BBC reports</a> that 8,000 are even older than that (between 30 and 40).</p> <p> As a result, the roads can be, well, messy. Vehicles are always breaking down and their emissions aren&#39;t exactly up to code, if you catch my meaning.</p> <p> It is ostensibly for these reasons that the government has started a program by which people can trade in their 40-year-old cars for permits to import newer models made after 1995.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110224/burma-myanmar-karen-junta">Free Burma Rangers, a U.S. military man&#39;s dream</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/burma-myanmar-cars-sanctions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Myanmar Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific China Global Economy The Rice Bowl Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:30:19 +0000 Emily Lodish 5675821 at http://www.globalpost.com Burma suspends Myitsone Dam construction after rare outcry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110930/burma-suspends-myitsone-dam-construction-after-rare-outcry <p> Hardlines with ties to China backed the project, while environmentalists feared the dam on the Irrawaddy River would displace at least 10,000 people and damage an area rich in biodiversity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110930/burma-suspends-myitsone-dam-construction-after-rare-outcry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Asia-Pacific Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:06:50 +0000 News Desk 5676578 at http://www.globalpost.com