Burmese people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26439/all en Suu Kyi's party accepts crony donations in reform-era Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/suu-kyis-party-accepts-crony-donations-reform-era-myanmar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Cronies of Myanmar's military junta which kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for nearly two decades have reached a milestone in their quest to rehabilitate their image: they're now donors to Suu Kyi's political party.</p> <p>While the Nobel Peace laureate's willingness to accept military-tainted funds for education projects might jar with her international image, her supporters praised the move as politically shrewd and financially necessary.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/suu-kyis-party-accepts-crony-donations-reform-era-myanmar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Politics Social Issues Suu Kyi Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:15:24 +0000 5735499 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar aims to improve lives, modernise with new reforms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 but also quickly improve the lives of its citizens.</p> <p>A wide-ranging "Framework for Economic and Social Reforms" to be presented in the capital, Naypyitaw, sets out priorities until 2015 and broader initiatives "that will allow Myanmar to become a modern, developed and democratic nation by 2030".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/myanmar-aims-improve-lives-modernise-new-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 03:15:24 +0000 5736493 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar rebukes US for calling it "Burma" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/myanmar-rebukes-us-calling-it-burma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>YANGON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Myanmar took a swipe at the United States on Saturday for calling the country Burma, urging it to use its official title and avoid harming improving ties between the two former foes.</p> <p>In a response to a press statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Yangon on the conflict in northern Kachin state, the Foreign Ministry said Washington should be following most countries and the United Nations and call it Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/myanmar-rebukes-us-calling-it-burma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:15:26 +0000 5739766 at http://www.globalpost.com Korean star reminds Myanmar's Suu Kyi of her father http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/korean-star-reminds-myanmars-suu-kyi-her-father <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi had a special dinner Thursday night with a host of South Korean soap opera stars, one of whom was invited because of his resemblance to her assassinated father.</p> <p>Taking some time out of a hectic four-day visit schedule, the Nobel Peace Prize winner dined with four well-known faces of the "Hallyu", or Korean Wave, of TV dramas that have captivated audiences across Asia -- including Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/korean-star-reminds-myanmars-suu-kyi-her-father" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Burmese people Entertainment Human Interest AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:30:19 +0000 5742497 at http://www.globalpost.com Suu Kyi urges 'more human' democracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/suu-kyi-urges-more-human-democracy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi called Friday for democracy with a "more human" face, arguing that technological development and economic wealth were no guarantee of a free and harmonious society.</p> <p>Speaking to students after receiving an honorary doctorate from Seoul National University, the 1991 Nobel peace laureate said it was up to the younger generation to ensure that development brought peace not strife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/suu-kyi-urges-more-human-democracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Burmese people Entertainment Human Interest Technology AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:45:03 +0000 5742664 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar festival celebrates new literary freedom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/myanmar-festival-celebrates-new-literary-freedom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dozens of renowned international and local writers gathered Friday at Myanmar's first international literary festival to celebrate the country's new-found freedom of expression.</p> <p>Authors hailed the festival -- supported by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi -- as a breakthrough for creativity after years lost to stifling censorship rules under the generals who ruled the country for decades.</p> <p>"There was no freedom at all before," said poet Saw Wai, who was jailed under the former junta for writing a satirical poem about the regime.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/myanmar-festival-celebrates-new-literary-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Burmese people Entertainment AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:30:21 +0000 5742680 at http://www.globalpost.com Suu Kyi enchanted by Harry Potter books http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/suu-kyi-enchanted-harry-potter-books <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi revealed her love of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books as she waxed lyrical about her favourite reads at Myanmar's first international literary festival on Saturday.</p> <p>The Nobel laureate, who spent years under house arrest under Myanmar's former junta, joked that her "courage" in the face of state repression paled in comparison to the heroes of the best-selling fantasy series.</p> <p>"I have to admit to you I read all the Harry Potter books," she said to chuckles from an audience at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in the former Yangon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/suu-kyi-enchanted-harry-potter-books" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu British people Burmese people English people Entertainment AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 14:46:30 +0000 5743930 at http://www.globalpost.com World Bank vows to help Myanmar 'turn lights on' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/world-bank-vows-help-myanmar-turn-lights <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The World Bank pledged Tuesday to help Myanmar improve people's access to electricity as it hailed a "new beginning" in its relations with the former pariah state.</p> <p>World Bank officials visited the former army-ruled country for three days of talks with President Thein Sein, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other actors in the country's rapid transformation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/world-bank-vows-help-myanmar-turn-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Burmese people Entertainment Southeast Asia Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:00:59 +0000 5746282 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar drafts first opposition MP to cabinet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/myanmar-drafts-first-opposition-mp-cabinet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar's president has appointed an opposition lawmaker to his cabinet, state media said Wednesday, giving a foothold to a political rival in his reformist government for the first time.</p> <p>Tin Shwe, an upper house member of parliament from the National Democratic Force (NDF), has been drafted in as deputy minister of hotels and tourism by President Thein Sein, state-mouthpiece the New Light of Myanmar reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/myanmar-drafts-first-opposition-mp-cabinet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Politics AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:15:43 +0000 5747285 at http://www.globalpost.com US welcomes Myanmar committee on dissidents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/us-welcomes-myanmar-committee-dissidents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States welcomed Friday the creation of a committee to review and release Myanmar's last remaining political prisoners.</p> <p>After long denying their existence, the Myanmar regime has freed hundreds of political detainees since President Thein Sein took power in March 2011, and announced a review of all "politically concerned" cases in November.</p> <p>On Thursday, state media said Thein Sein had established a committee to review political prisoner cases "to grant them liberty."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/us-welcomes-myanmar-committee-dissidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burmese people Politics Thein Sein AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:45:37 +0000 5750708 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar opposition to hold first party congress http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/myanmar-opposition-hold-first-party-congress <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) said on Monday it would hold its first ever national congress on March 8-10, reflecting the dramatic political changes sweeping Myanmar.</p> <p>"It will be the NLD's first nationwide conference held in democratic conditions since the party was founded (in 1988)," NLD lawmaker and party spokesman Ohn Kyaing told AFP.</p> <p>Around 1,500 delegates are expected to attend, he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/myanmar-opposition-hold-first-party-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:00:58 +0000 5752612 at http://www.globalpost.com World Bank sees 'enormous potential' in Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/world-bank-sees-enormous-potential-myanmar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A World Bank official said Friday that Myanmar has "enormous potential" as it undergoes reforms, which have led the Washington-based lender to launch a drive to bring electricity to millions.</p> <p>World Bank East Asia and Pacific vice president Axel van Trotsenburg, who visited this month to open the bank's first office in Yangon since 1987, said he was "very, very encouraged" and sensed a feeling of optimism in Myanmar.</p> <p>"All in all, we believe the country has enormous potential, provided the reforms are sustained," van Trotsenburg told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/world-bank-sees-enormous-potential-myanmar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:15:32 +0000 5757248 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar rejects 'white phosphorus' claim report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/myanmar-rejects-white-phosphorus-claim-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar on Saturday dismissed an independent report that alleged security forces used white phosphorus in a crackdown on a copper mine protest last year, which left dozens of people injured.</p> <p>The pre-dawn raid on protest camps at the Chinese-backed mine in northern Myanmar in November was the toughest clampdown on demonstrators since a reformist government came to power in early 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/myanmar-rejects-white-phosphorus-claim-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aung San Suu Kyi Burma Burmese people Politics AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:45:37 +0000 5757389 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar president set to begin first European tour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/myanmar-president-set-begin-first-european-tour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar's reformist leader Thein Sein was set to embark on his first visit to Europe as president Monday, government officials said, as the country looks to deepen ties with the West while emerging from junta rule.</p> <p>Thein Sein is scheduled to leave Yangon on Monday evening and will fly to Norway, followed by Finland, Austria, Belgium and Italy, officials said.</p> <p>"It will be his first trip to Europe," a government official told AFP, asking not to be named.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/myanmar-president-set-begin-first-european-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Business AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:30:34 +0000 5765663 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar president heads to EU talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/myanmar-president-heads-eu-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Myanmar leader Thein Sein was on Monday set to embark on his first visit to Europe as president which will include high level EU talks, officials said, as the fast-reforming country deepens ties with the West.</p> <p>Thein Sein was scheduled to leave Yangon on Monday evening and would fly to Norway, followed by Finland, Austria, Belgium and Italy, officials said.</p> <p>The trip to Belgium would include both bilateral and "EU high level meetings", a European diplomat told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/myanmar-president-heads-eu-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Burma Burmese people Business Technology AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:30:53 +0000 5765768 at http://www.globalpost.com