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Tourism May Be Booming, But Burma Is Not Yet Fixed

Justin Francis | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

After decades of isolation, three years ago Burma (Myanmar) opened its doors to the world, and on arrival we realize we are literally a world apart. Burma is exquisitely unique, a time-warp completely untouched by Westernised culture. Ironically, this is what entices Westerners to travel there.

The Government Reforms and Future Election of Aung San Suu Kyi to the Presidency Are Only the Beginning on Burma's Long Road to Being an Inclusive, Democratic Society

Mark Hendrick | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hendrick

Since 2010 the Burmese military Government has embarked on an agenda of reform and modernisation, the speed of which has taken many by surprise. The reforms have seen the release of 1,100 political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the relaxation of restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression...

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

Military Reform Is Crucial for Lasting Change in Burma

Hugo Swire | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Over the last three years, tentative but welcome reforms have begun in Burma... But much as we welcome this progress, there is still a huge amount to be done if we are to maintain the momentum towards democracy and to tackle the continuing human rights concerns.

The Mandela Legacy: Leadership Can Transform HIV/AIDS

Sharon Lewin | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Sharon Lewin

It's been quite a month and I had planned on beginning this blog with an initial reflection on the recent ICAAP conference in Bangkok but that has been superseded by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a champion of the HIV/AIDS cause.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Flowers of Democracy

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

A gun pointed straight at her. Yet another, a third, a fourth, and five or six more. Those hands, those human hands which held so formidable an object, were unalterable and resolved. And so was her determination. She walked past the armed soldiers, with great tranquility...

Aung San Suu Kyi's Comments on Muslims Expose Endemic Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Tun Khin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Given the opportunity to clearly condemn attacks against Muslims, she repeatedly refused to do so. Instead she generalised by saying she condemned all violence and hatred. She has moral authority like no other person in Burma. When she speaks, people listen. If she strongly condemned attacks on Muslims it would make a difference.

Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Sandhurst

Gareth Milner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gareth Milner

On Friday the 25th of October 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi visited and spoke at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). I'm extremely privileged to have attended this event. Whilst writing this I've attempted to add value to the notes/scribbles I took.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Václav Havel, and the Art of Dissent

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

At Prague's Forum 2000 there are often surprises and touching gestures. What else would you expect from a conference started by a man who rode a scooter down the hallways of Prague castle when he became President and drew a heart as part of his signature?

Keeping up Appearances: What Should a Woman in Leadership Look Like?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

I was once brought in to 'tone down' the image of a very senior female executive in financial services (a job I turned down). Her appearance was deemed inappropriate -- perhaps her sharp dress intimidated her male colleagues.

Our Lady, The Lady, The Iron Lady

Benedict Rogers | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

What can we learn from Our Lady, The Lady and The Iron Lady? First, it would be bordering on the sacrilegious to equate the three.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With UK Parliamentary Speaker's Delegation in Burma

Valerie Vaz | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics
Valerie Vaz

Following a request from Daw Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition in the Burmese Parliament, the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP led a parliamentary delegation to Burma which included Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Fiona Bruce MP, two Officers of the House and me.

Freedom From Fear: Remembering Comedian U Pa Pa Lay

Matt Roper | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

U Pa Pa Lay is dead. According to sources in Burma, the comedian died at 1pm last Friday, 2 August 2013. Three times jailed by the Burmese junta for exercising his right to freedom of expression, one of his most famous jokes was this one:

Citizens First, Muslims Later: The Need to Redefine the Rohingya Muslim

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

A population of 800,000, this is a community which has been in international spotlight since 2012, when a riot broke out in Rakhine state of western Myanmar. Commentaries on the violence point to ethnic tensions between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims

Putin and Mandela

Damon Boughen | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

As Nelson Mandela lies ailing in a Pretoria hospital, hundreds of miles away in a courtroom in Kirov, Russia, history may have repeated itself. With the conviction of Alexei Navalny under arguably dubious circumstances, Vladimir Putin has cast aside the strongest threat to his presidency. Yet, he may have also unwittingly strengthened the opposition's hand.

Burma's President Thein Sein Must Be Given Benchmarks and Timelines for Progress During His Visit to the UK

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Burma's President Thein Sein arrived in London last night, the first such visit in almost thirty years. Today, he and David Cameron will meet. Until a year ago, such a visit would have been unthinkable. Burma's regime was a pariah, facing sanctions and growing calls for an inquiry into crimes against humanity.

President Thein Sein's Visit: An Opportunity the Prime Minister Must Seize

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

As a leading aid donor to Burma, it is right that we acknowledge and encourage the progress to date, but the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will be failing in their responsibilities if they are not frank about the clear shortcomings.

Taking the Message of Open Government to Burma

Francis Maude | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Maude

Let's be honest. Burma isn't the first country that comes to mind when one talks about open government. Yet despite its ongoing challenges, Burma has made huge strides towards reform and openness in the past few years.

The Green, Green Grass Of Home

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she is still "fond" of the country's army despite it putting her under house arrest for 15 years. ...

A Time of Celebration and Reflection

Ana Tzarev | Posted 26.02.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

Understanding a true meaning of love and peace is the beginning of wisdom and unity with the great spirit of the Universe.

Just Five Minutes to Take Action, the Impact Could Last a Lifetime

Kate Allen | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK
Kate Allen

I am so delighted that Amnesty International launches its Write for Rights Campaign today. Here is a wonderful opportunity to be able to voice our support and stand with women and men much like Aung San Suu Kyi and Zarganar; women and men who have bravely dared to defend their human rights even at the risk of persecution and harassment.

Schoolgirl, 8, Dresses As A Different Historical Figure Every Day

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

An eight-year-old schoolgirl has combined her love of history and fashion by dressing as a different historical figure each day. Each morning Stell...

Is Innovation Still a Male Feat?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

It is not that there have not been famous women, but it so happens that an invention or thought leadership is seldom associated with Women. While the world is increasingly becoming a place where women are becoming a dominant force at work, you still don't have a certain Ms Jobs who is associated with innovation and the one who could drive a cult following that Jobs has been able to achieve.

I Feel Betrayed by Aung San Suu Kyi

Nang Seng | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Many Kachin people are now losing trust in Aung San Suu Kyi, but the only beneficiary of this is the regime. Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the few people who had the ability to gain the trust of all ethnic people. If that trust is lost, then this could be a big problem in the future. The military and their allies have always played divide and rule.

WATCH: Burma Learned Democracy By Watching 'The West Wing'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Well, here's a fun fact for all you Aaron Sorkin/West Wing/democracy fans out there. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed that Burmese l...