Myanmar

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.

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

USA Must Not Abandon Forgotten Allies in Burma

Nang Seng | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Whenever people learn I am from Burma, the first thing they say is something like, 'isn't it all getting better there now?' Perhaps it is for some, but I am an ethnic Kachin woman, and so my answer is no, it is getting much much worse.

Platitudes Won't Stop Rape in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Zoya Phan

When Thein Sein met Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, he would have found them a lot more enthusiastic about the reform process in Burma than most people who actually live there.

Natural Riches, the Risk of Conflict - And What to do About It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

For a developing country facing high poverty levels, a growing population with high expectations despite a poor revenue base and weak institutions, bu...

Eye Witness Accounts of Meiktila Massacre; Beaten, Burnt and Stabbed

Assed Baig | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. IDPs are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes.

Massacre in Meiktila: That Was My Friend

Assed Baig | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

Following recent attacks in central Myanmar against Muslims, the displaced have been fleeing to the central city of Mandalay. Buildings were burnt down and the "official" death toll stood at 32, as angry mobs roamed the streets.

Burmese Days

Graham Sheffield | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Graham Sheffield

There is... a desperate need for help in restoring and maintaining the fabulous wealth of historical monuments across the country, ravaged by years of instability, war and neglect.

Is A Spitfire At The Bottom Of A Wooden Crate In Burma?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

A wooden crate in Burma could contain one of the most iconic British combat aircrafts, and an excavation team could soon discover whether a Spitfire i...

Anticipating Irresponsible Tourism - Has Burma Got It Right?

Rooksana Hossenally | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK
Rooksana Hossenally

In the last year, country has seen rapid development of its infrastructure (the country now has over 200 hotels), a surge in tourist arrivals and a first visit from Obama; the growth of Myanmar is an upward curve hereon. In the first six months of 2012, international arrivals increased by 30% compared to 2011 (Ministry of Hotels and Tourism).

Obama is Endorsing a War Criminal in Burma

Nang Seng | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Repression continues in Burma, and international law is still flouted, but what are the consequences for Thein Sein?

I Lost my Heart to Burma With ActionAid

Samantha Womack | Posted 15.01.2013 | Home
Samantha Womack

Are you suspicious of how much 50p a day can really do? I was. As a mum of two, I appreciate that we are constantly asked to give and I do question where their money goes. Now I've seen first-hand just what this amount of money can do and where it goes: not just to the children, but to their families and communities too.

12 Feared Dead In Burma Earthquake

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck north Burma killing at least six people. The quake happened north-west of Burma's second largest city, Mandal...

'Secret Retreats' In South East Asia

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A new boutique hotel brand, which aims to offer travellers the best of authentic Asian accommodation, launched this month. Called Secret Retreats, ...

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.

Rohingya Women: the World's Forgotten Plight

Tehmina Kazi | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Politics
Tehmina Kazi

Back in Myanmar, rape has been used as an age-old weapon of war. Many Rohingya men have been killed or put into concentration camps, handing security forces further opportunities to assault women from the inside out.

PHOTOS: Suu Kyi Receives Birthday Welcome As She Visits London

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

Pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken of the strength she drew from her supporters around the world in standing up to the Burmese mili...

Aung San Suu Kyi Arrives In Britain

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in the UK to begin a four day vist to the country that was once her home. The Nobel ...

Aung San Suu Kyi To Touch Down In Ireland

PA | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will touch down in Dublin today for a six-hour visit to the Irish capital. Thousands of supporters ar...

Politicians Must Use Suu Kyi's Visit to the UK as an Opportunity to Pledge Concrete Action to Assist Myanmar on its Path to Democracy and Political Stability

Sarah Gaughan | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Politics
Sarah Gaughan

As Parliament prepares to welcome 'The Lady' Aung San Suu Kyi to the UK next week, a shadow has been cast over preparations due to escalating violence in the West Burmese state Rakhine.

Aung San Suu Kyi Falls Ill During Press Conference

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK

Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor has expressed concerns for her health, after the Burmese opposition leader vomited during a press conference during on the f...