Burma

Politics Needs A Positive Vision To Confront Too Much Negativity

Benedict Rogers | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Daniel Johnson's lecture is well worth reading in its entirety - and that fresh vision of a positive politics is worth searching for. There is light, if we seek it, to contrast the current grim reality of so much of the world's politics. Let's think what we are for, as well as what we are against.

Burma's Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever

Tun Khin | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Tun Khin

Report after report have concluded that multiple violations of international law are being committed against the Rohingya. No government can say they don't know what is going on. It is to their shame that they allowed it to carry on.

I Never Met Jo Cox, But I Wish I Had. May She Rest in Peace, And May We Carry Her Banner of Love

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Jo Cox spent almost all her adult life devoted to the same two causes to which I have devoted mine: humanitarian aid and human rights, and politics. And she was the same age as me. Indeed, we were only eight days apart.

Top Destinations for Young Solos

Cathy Winston | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

Solo travel is definitely not just for 20-somethings - but there's no doubt this is the decade when people often catch the solo travel bug. Whether it's a traditional gap year or simply making the most of having fewer responsibilities, it's a great time to pack up and go.

Burma: The Hope and the Truth

Benedict Rogers | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Last week, Burma's first civilian President in half a century was inaugurated. Htin Kyaw is the first democrat, and perhaps the first good man, to lead Burma's government since General Ne Win ousted prime minister U Nu in a coup in 1962. So last week should have been a time of celebration, marking the achievement of a struggle for democracy that has gone on for decades. Or so many think.

My Admiration for the Most Courageous Woman of Our Time - Aung San Suu Kyi

John Bercow | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Bercow

It is not, nor should it be, the responsibility of women alone to fix a world that so often acts to their detriment. But, on International Women's Day, the work of fearless and determined women such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi inspires millions around the world who are striving against oppression and for justice, equality and freedom.

My Social Media Misstep Was Easily Rectified - My Cousin is a Year Into a Jail Sentence Because of His

Chris Blackwood | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Chris Blackwood

Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.

The Top Group Trips for Singles in 2016

Cathy Winston | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

This is the time of year that I start craving travel - when it's cold, grey and miserable in the UK, the thought of somewhere exciting to visit in the New Year always gives me a lift. And just at the right time, the travel experts and tour operators all start releasing their latest trips and hottest destinations for 2016. Here are my top five most exciting group trips for singles in 2016.

Huge Expectations as Burma Waits

Meg Munn | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I arrived in Burma the day the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was officially declared to have won the general election....

Burma: There's More to Democracy Than Elections

Alistair Burnett | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Despite the encouraging noises since Sunday's election, the constitution entrenches military influence in the political system. A quarter of seats in parliament are reserved for officers and the National Defence and Security Council retains the power to remove the government. Then - perhaps surprisingly to many - there is growing doubt about Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

Despite Her 'Haunted Life', Aung San Suu Kyi Has Never Given Up

Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Having swept almost every parliamentary seat in the four states in which results have been tallied, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy l...

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Burma Elections: Transition to Democracy and the Future of the Rohingya

Hugo Swire | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

2015 could be the most important year in Burma's recent history. The November general elections are the litmus test for the reform process which began in 2011. Successful elections would consolidate a remarkable, peaceful transition from dictatorship.

Burmese Days: Tales from Myanmar

Arabella Noortman | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

Myanmar opened up to tourism recently. I felt lucky to have experienced the splendour of the place so freshly unveiled. It was rather like witnessing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis with tremulous legs, quivering with beauty and fragility, taking its first few steps into the wider world.

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Damian Collins | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Our collective response to the plight of the Yazidis was the right one. If we fail to replicate that standard in Rakhine, our moral authority will be further diminished and it will be our enemies that pedal examples of the West's indifferences towards the Islamic world's suffering who alone will be the beneficiaries.

Why Are the United Nations Doing Nothing to Prevent the Genocide of the Rohingya?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

The international community, the UN, and the Muslim nations must act now to prevent a genocide which many observers have described as second only to the Holocaust. The concentration camps are well documented and there are several rumours of mass graves.

'The Future Of Burma Lies In Educating Our Young People', Says Aung San Suu Kyi

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Burma's young people hold the key to the country's success, opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said. The former politi...

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Is a Policy Success for President Thein Sein

Mark Farmaner | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The simple truth is that the government of Burma has a policy of trying to drive the Rohingya out of the country. Boat loads of trafficked Rohingya heading for other countries are exactly what they want to see. For President Thein Sein, this is a policy success.

Three Jaw Droppingly Beautiful Places to Visit in Burma

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

A journey to Burma is something of a surreal experience. Scenic mountains, endless forests, enchanted temple ruins and a captivating culture with a distressing past running through the veins of the sovereign state.

Free Maldives' Mohamed Nasheed From 'Alice in Wonderland' Trial - And Award Him the Nobel Peace Prize

Benedict Rogers | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Far from its popular image as a tranquil, tropical paradise, with sun-drenched beaches, crystal-clear blue waters and honeymoon couples, the Maldives today is a cross between Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe and Alice in Wonderland, with elements of North Korea, Burma and radical Islamism thrown in.

A Visitor's Perspective on Tourism and Animal Welfare in Myanmar

Georgina Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Often innocently visited by tourists because they love animals, few know the often real brutality that can goes on breaking in and managing elephants (meant for the tourist industry) so that they can be ridden or handled, a concerning issue documented in other S-E Asian countries.

Wirat Piyapornpaiboon Shoots the Messenger

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

Wirat Piyapornpaiboon is making the same mistake as McDonalds, but it isn't too late to change yet. He might find dropping the cases now to be personally embarrassing, but even if he wins the cases in a Thai court, he will lose in the court of public opinion, in the media, and in the business world. Any good businessman knows when the time has come to cut your losses and move on. For Wirat Piyapornpaiboon, that time is now.

British Tourists Killed In Thailand Named As Police Release CCTV Images

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

Police in Thailand say they are focusing on migrant workers in the hunt for the murderer of a British man and woman found dead on an idyllic island. ...

Why the Scots Would Be Mad to Vote for Independence (Not That I Care)

Hugh Salmon | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So, next week the Scots will decide if they want to be independent. Let me start by declaring a lack of interest in this issue. A complete lack of interest. I think may be one-eighth Scottish but I really don't care if I have Scottish blood coursing through my veins. It hasn't affected my life either way.

Burma's President Thein Sein in the Hague At Last

Mark Farmaner | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

There is a downward spiral of continuing attacks, human rights violations, repression and restrictions on humanitarian aid against the Rohingya. There is impunity from the villager to the President, and as long as this impunity continues, so will the repression and violations of international law.