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Quarter of a million people displaced in Myanmar's humanitarian crisis

Recent headlines on Myanmar have centred on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's stuttering media reforms, but the much graver reality that has been largely absent from news coverage was outlined earlier this month in a snapshot report...Show More Summary

Myanmar cabinet reshuffle: Preparing for elections

There has been much talk recently of the slowing of reform in Myanmar. Criticism of Myanmar's government has resurfaced over the refusal to allow constitutional changes that would permit Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, as well...Show More Summary

What Should Ordinary Leadership Look Like?

The 2014 election-year posturing forces me back to November, 2010, when a living parable walked into freedom after 15 years of house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma/Myanmar's opposition leader, waved to her supporters and awakened our stagnant conscience. Suu Kyi ranks among the elite of real-life parables. Show More Summary

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi and the constitution

Myanmar's Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee recently voted down a bid to change Article 59(f) of Myanmar's 2008 Constitution, which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK) from running for president because of her 'allegiance to a foreign power' (she was married to a British citizen and her children are British citizens). Show More Summary

Will Aung San Suu Kyi be president? Odds are lengthening

A year ago, a Lowy Institute panel was asked whether Aung San Suu Kyi would become president of Burma (Myanmar). The question was also raised on The Interpreter. The answer on both occasions was that such an outcome was far from certain. Show More Summary

The Lady, the constitution and Myanmar's political manoeuvring

'If an (army) officer wants to engage in politics he should leave the military'. The statement by Aung San Suu Kyi last month was the strongest yet in the war of words in the lead-up to the country's 2015 elections. In mid-May 'the Lady', as she is known locally, and her supporters held mass rallies in Myanmar's two largest cities. Show More Summary

The Lady Rallies the Masses Once Again

Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Burmese constitution. But will the military really go along?

A Visit With Aung San Suu Kyi

The Aspen Institute, through its Global Alliance Program under Mickey Bergman, is co-sponsoring a delegation to Myanmar over nine days in late April and early May. The purpose of the trip is to foster social entrepreneurship to address...Show More Summary

At Lunch with Aung San Suu Kyi

There are political figures everyone adores like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Bishop Tutu or the Dalai Lama. Most people might not know exactly what happened back then, but somehow pretty much everyone is pretty sure that they must have been on the right side of history. Show More Summary

In a league of his own

4 months agoNews : Banyan

THERE were few more revered figures in this country’s long struggle for democracy than Win Tin, who died on April 21st at the age of 84 (or 85, as some have it). A co-founder with Aung San Suu Kyi and others of the National League for...Show More Summary

Win Tin, Myanmar's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner, Dies

4 months agoNews : The Two-Way

The former newspaper editor, who co-founded the National League for Democracy with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, spent 19 years in prison until his release in 2008. He died Monday of organ failure.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Buddhism taught me how to tell a good man from a bad man

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, offered a glimpse into her personal Buddhist practice and understanding in a recent live interview at the Irawaddy Literary Festival. When asked, “I’ve learned to understand Buddhism is a peaceful and serene religion. But how does Buddhism play out politically?” Suu Kyi responded: […]

Ex-BBC DJ Travis cleared of sex offences

LONDON (Reuters) - Dave Lee Travis, one of Britain's best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and 1980s who counted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, was cleared on Thursday of a string of sexual offences against women over three decades.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs. Show More Summary

Important Transitions: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, and Hopes for Democracy

When a popular democratic leader takes over the reins of government from a previously despotic government, they are transformed from the sacred to the profane. Icons don't govern, people do. They do so as politicians, and both people and politicians are necessarily messy. Show More Summary

Why Aung San Suu Kyi is not 'Myanmar's Mandela'

Because of her iconic role in pushing for democracy in a once authoritarian country, Aung San Suu Kyi has often been called Myanmar's Mandela. Now, in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death, Aung San Suu Kyi's ability to navigate one ofShow More Summary

When Aung San Suu Kyi comes to call

At one level, Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Australia last week was all high praise, inspiring speeches and standing ovations. At another level, it was hard-headed politics, diplomatic signals and muted criticisms. At times, history was simplified or re-written to suit the occasion. Show More Summary

Australia and the Burma/Myanmar name debate

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Australia this week will throw into sharp relief several aspects of Australia's relationship with Burma. One will be the name by which her country is known. Ever since 1989, when Burma's military government...Show More Summary

Can Venture Capitalists Help Reimagine Democracy?

Quick—predict the next nation in the world that will adopt a democratic form of government. Let's see. Burma (or maybe Myanmar) is a good bet, thanks to the persistent efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi. Bhutan has experienced change into a democracy at a remarkable pace. Show More Summary

50 Top 5 Dream Dinner Party Invitee List

9 months agoOdd : Thought Catalog

1. My list Daniel Day Lewis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sofia Coppola (or Marilyn Monroe), Shakespeare and Gautama Buddha. 2. Adrienne McQueen Jared Leto, Julian Assange, Sandra Bullock, Alex Proyas and Oliver Stone. 3.

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