Myanmar

How You Can Give a Child Affected by Extreme Poverty or Conflict a Future

Hugh Dennis | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Dennis

Poverty in Myanmar affects ordinary Burmese families and children, with one in four of the population living in extreme poverty, but ActionAid's child sponsorship programme is really helping and making real transformations... That is why I am is backing ActionAid's Christmas appeal to find sponsors for 2,700 children across six countries in the developing world - Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and The Gambia - who are affected by extreme poverty or conflict to help give them a future.

Wirat Piyapornpaiboon Shoots the Messenger

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.10.2014 | 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.

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.

Beautiful Burma - A Backpacker's Paradise

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Since Burma's fifteen year tourism ban came to an end, backpackers have become curious to explore this intriguing country. Burma is rich in history, culture, sights and sounds with a surprise around every corner.

UK Silent on Growing Numbers of Political Prisoners in Burma

Mark Farmaner | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled since the start of 2014, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.

Hugo Swire, Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Isn't a 'Bump in the Road'

Mark Farmaner | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Since reforms began the situation of the Rohingya has deteriorated significantly. They have been subjected to two large-scale violent attacks. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence of human rights violations which could constitute crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

Burma Travel: Three Years On

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

Throttled by international sanctions since 1990, Burma was a pariah state that once ranked alongside North Korea as one of the worlds most isolated and opaque nations.

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...

Signing of Declaration Doesn't Mean End of Sexual Violence in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Zoya Phan

Foreign Secretary William Hague deserves a lot of credit for helping to persuade the Burmese government to sign this declaration, but he should remember Thein Sein's broken promise on releasing all political prisoners by the end of last year, and keep up the pressure to make sure he keeps his word this time.

The Truth About Foreign Aid

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Holly Alsop

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.

Is Britain's Honeymoon With Burma's President Over?

Mark Farmaner | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

It's a scenario used in endless Hollywood romantic comedies, and many of us will have had a friend in the same situation. Girl meets boy, or boy meets girl, falls hopelessly in love‎, but the friends say he/she isn't what they pretend to be, and don't approve.

Six Years After Cyclone Nargis

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma and killed at least 140,000 people. I've just been to the delta to see how the survivors have managed to rebuild their lives. This is what I found...

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...