BBC:Burma’s Thein Sein ‘would accept Suu Kyi as president’

Burmese leader Thein Sein has told the BBC he would accept Aung San Suu Kyi as president if the people vote for her

The president insisted that the will of the people would be respected whoever they chose in an election due in 2015.


A poignant memory of Myanmar

Navel Gazer
By Alexandra Wong
Our columnist has had her heartstrings tugged in many countries, the latest being Myanmar, where one particular afternoon etches a poignant memory.

Wait! I’m scared!” I say, prompting Zaw Zaw to respond with a smile.

“Don’t worry. It’s just my mamma.”

I swallow, torn by conflicting thoughts. In my first visit to Myanmar, I had become good friends with our guide Zaw Zaw. We bonded over our mutual passion for photography. On impulse, I had asked if I could see how the locals lived.


101 East – Nowhere To Go

Nowhere To Go – The Rohingya

by LYNN on Sep 12, 2012 • 10:33 pm

The checkpoint looms. There are armed guards on both sides of the road. Our taxi – a cross between a tuk tuk and a pickup truck – lurches. The driver gasps, hesitates. He is nervy and jumpy and clearly afraid. And yet, five minutes earlier, this same young man had boldly offered to take us to our destination, for a hefty fee. He knew we had no choice. Had just seen another driver turn us down with a grimace and a slicing motion to his throat. It was apparently dangerous where we wanted to go.


Siege of Kachin State

Reuters:Myanmar says not worried Suu Kyi upstaging president on U.S. visit

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS | Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:20pm EDT

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s government says it is not worried opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will upstage the president during their overlapping U.S. visits because they work together for democracy, just as Nelson Mandela did with South Africa’s last apartheid-era leader.


Systematic Ethnic Cleansing in Burma

Myanmar in Focus: Behind the Violence (II)

Burmese invasion of Arakan and the rise of non Bengali settlements in Bangladesh

Origin of the Tribes of Chittaging Hill Tract (CHT)
By Abid Bahar, Canada

Introduction: Arakan was a medieval kingdom located at the edge of South Asia became a province of Burma after the Burmese invasion in 1784 and the subsequent annexation of it with Burma. To the people of India and Bangladesh, Arakan became sadly memorable for the tragic massacre of the Moghul prince Shah Suja and his entire family by the Arakanese king Sandathudamma.

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