Burma: Time for a Global UN Arms Embargo | A persistent myth that the military looking for an excuse to retake direct control of the country — Burma Campaign org

This is Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military. He is responsible for the biggest human rights and humanitarian crisis in Burma for decades. After police stations and government offices were attacked by Rohingya militants, killing police and military personnel, instead of going after those who carried out the attacks, the military launched a…

Al Jazeera: Rohingya crisis explained in maps

A visual explainer of the unrest in Myanmar that has forced around one million Rohingya to flee their homes. Shakeeb Asrar | 20 Sep 2017 06:41 GMT They’ve been described as the “world’s most persecuted minority”. The Rohingya are a majority-Muslim ethnic group who have lived in the Buddhist nation of Myanmar for centuries. The…

Myanmar parliament vote ensures military remains in charge |Aung San Suu Kyi – ‘An icon with a dented image’ — Deutsche Welle com

Myanmar’s parliament has voted against several constitutional amendments, guaranteeing that the military’s veto power remains intact. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. Suu Kyi’s party holds 34 out of 440 parliamentary seats The vote concluded a three-day debate on proposed changes to the 2008 constitution, which bars…

Goethe-Institut in Myanmar: We’re Open!

The Goethe-Institut in Myanmar was closed for more than 50 years. Now, it has reopened, giving local artists hope for investments in culture and education. They also hope that their country stays on the right pathway to democracy and justice. By Peter von Becker Villa in need of a makeover: The future institute in Yangon…

Burma:Occupy the Pagoda – By Thelma Young at Waging Nonviolence org

Burma is now seeing it’s own version of the Occupy movement. On Tuesday, a group of monks staged an occupation of the Maha Myat Muni Pagoda in Mandalay, which is one of the most revered Buddhist sites in Burma. They made their presence and intent known by hanging large banners that read “We want freedom,”…

Burma Democracy Leader Cites Progress, Challenges – Voice of America News

By: Daniel Schearf | Bangkok, Thailand   Photo: Reuters Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the National League for Democracy head office after a news conference to mark the first anniversary of her release from house arrest, in Rangoon, November 14, 2011.   Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has cited positive…

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan: The Muslim Gandhi – DW World de News

Khan and Gandhi were united in the fight for independence against the British rulers. Many people described Khan as the ‘Muslim Gandhi.’ When Khan died in Pakistan in 1988, people in both Pakistan and India mourned. Both Gandhi and Khan fought for freedom and an undivided India   Seeing Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan next to…