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: […]
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Myanmar's Muslim minority, demonised and persecuted for decades, is facing a fresh wave of violence amid media silence. "Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the contemporary world's most celebrated icons of human rights, non-violence and reconciliation, crossed the line into Myanmar's world of "Buddhist" Islamophobia. Show More Summary
By Suchitra Vijayan and Michael Brooks Photo: Creative Commons/totaloutnow "It is no sign of benediction to have been obsessed with the lives of saints, for it is an obsession intertwined with a taste for maladies and hunger for depravities. Show More Summary
Wed 27 Nov This folks, is a big one. In her first official visit to Australia, activist and 2015 Myanmar presidential candidate Aung San Suu Kyi will speak at the...
ANU has the rather splendid news that inspiration Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming to Canberra to collect a hat! The Australian National University will award an Honorary Doctorate to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi late in November. Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Ian Young AO, said that he was delighted when he heard [...]
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's interview with the BBC during her visit to the UK, has shocked many of her admirers. Despite being repeatedly pressed to do so, she repeatedly avoided giving a clear unequivocal condemnation of the anti-MuslimShow More Summary
It is deeply ironic that Aung San Suu Kyi was presented in September, 2013 with the European Union's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought which honors those who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights. At a time when the world is looking to her for moral leadership, her silence on the plight of Burma's Rohingya people is shocking. Show More Summary
Andrew Selth is a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. Aung San Suu Kyi is in Europe, where she recently collected the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded to her by the European Parliament in 1990, shortly after she was placed under house arrest by Burma’s military government. Show More Summary
People are beginning to question the judgement of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's icon of democracy, and an interview she gave about the Rohingya will add to those doubts.
I never thought I would write this, but Aung San Suu Kyi sent a shiver down my spine when she appeared on the Today programme this morning. Her equivocal attitude towards the violence suffered by Burma’s Muslim minority was deeply disturbing. I’m sorry to say that she employed the standard devices used by people who [...]
Free Aung San Suu Kyi “The door remains open for the regime to respect the wishes of the Burmese people and international community, and to step toward the path of engagement after so many years of isolation.”-United States Department...Show More Summary