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Democratic aspirations in Burma are mostly seen in the West through Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate. But Burma's opposition includes hundreds of leaders and thousands of democracy foot soldiers. A Q & A with author Delphine Schrank.
Myanmar looks to add lobbying muscle ahead of promised free elections later this year. Hillary Clinton has hailed Myanmar's opening up to the West as a prime example of her diplomatic derring do.
Founded by a former Green Beret, the Free Burma Rangers train ethnic minorities to run their own humanitarian missions in war-torn regions. Myanmar has reached a tentative peace deal with ethnic insurgent groups.
For the past month, students have rallied against what they see as a restrictive new education law. Today, as they attempted to march toward Yangon, the government decided to crack down.
The crackdown on students marching to Yangon, the former capital, underscores Myanmar's limited tolerance of free expression.
President Obama is in Myanmar, where US policy has long backed the democratic aspirations of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. But as the state slowly opens, must the White House cool its ardor?
Prime Minister Abe and President Obama arrive in Myanmar on Wednesday for talks following the APEC summit in Beijing. Japan is putting yen and influence into an economic zone here. China calls it containment; others call it cooperation.
Government officials agreed to allow the parliament to consider amending the constitutional bar preventing the Nobel laureate from running for president of Myanmar. Her opposition party is widely expected to win the 2015 election if they are free and fair.
Over 3,000 prisoners were released Tuesday, the latest in a series of gestures by a reformist government that has opened the doors to Western investment and political engagement. President Obama is due to attend a regional summit next month.
Popular 'astrology pundits' are featured as serious political commentators in the Myanmar press. This in a country that once changed its currency on the advice of an astrologer.
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