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Two New Yorkers Survive Plane Crash in Myanmar

Thursday, January 03, 2013

There were six Americans aboard a plane that crashed in Myanmar on Christmas Day, including two New Yorkers. All of them survived, including Susanna Weiss and her husband Allan Lokos, founders of the Community Meditation Center on the Upper West side.

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On The Media

The Last Censor of Myanmar

Friday, November 30, 2012

When Barack Obama became the first serving president to visit Myanmar (or Burma),which just a few months ago was a Southeast Asian pariah nation uttered in the same breath as North Korea and Iran, he found a country newly and seriously changed.  Protests, most kinds of speech and freedom of the press are allowed for the first time in over 40 years. Reporter Gabrielle Paluch reports from Yangon on how the end of censorship has affected journalists, novelists, musicians and the country's (hopefully) last censor.  

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The Takeaway

The Hidden World of Myanmar

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Burmese democracy activist Aung Sung Suu Kyi will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in Washington today. Robert Lieberman explores Burma, ruled for years by a repressive military government, in his new documentary, "They Call It Myanmar."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Burma's Transformation

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Over the last few years, Burma has been transformed from a repressive dictatorship to a developing democracy. But unlike other revolutions, this has been a top-down change. New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos talks about how Burmese citizens are responding to the rapid changes and the transition to democracy. His article, “The Burmese Spring,” appears in the August 6 issue of the magazine.

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The Takeaway

Secretary of State Clinton Announces Easing of Sanctions in Myanmar

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that the U.S. is ready to begin easing sanctions against Myanmar. Sunday's elections saw pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won 43 of the 45 seats up for grabs in the country. Clinton announced an easing of investment restrictions as well as intentions to name an ambassador to Myanmar and the establishment of a U.S. Agency for International Development. Rachel Harvey is a correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Voices from Myanmar after the Election of Aung San Suu Kyi

Monday, April 02, 2012

After years under house arrest, on Sunday pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to serve in the Myanmar parliament. Rachel Harvey from our partner the BBC reports from Myanmar, where she speaks with those celebrating the election results.

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The Takeaway

Myanmar Moves Toward Democracy

Monday, April 02, 2012

Over the weekend, pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to Myanmar’s parliament in a landmark vote. It’s a historic moment for the country; after years of house arrest, Suu Kyi appears poised to finally step into a role of real power. What's the best way to build a real democracy? Do events in Myanmar offer a model for democratic transitions elsewhere? Suzanne DiMaggio is Vice President for global policy programs at the Asia Society. Robert Lieber is professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson on “The Lady”

Friday, March 30, 2012

Actress Michelle Yeoh and filmmaker Luc Besson discuss their film “The Lady,” a biography of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the quiet and determined head of Burma’s democracy movement. The film took years of work, and sometimes subterfuge, to make it. At one point, Yeoh was even deported from Burma. “The Lady” opens on April 11 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Eurozone, the Hildebrand affair and prospects for political reform in Myanmar

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The Takeaway

Clinton Visits Myanmar After Political Reforms

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It was only a few years ago the Bush administration labeled Myanmar "an outpost of tyranny." But on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton became the first secretary of state to visit the repressive and isolated nation in 50 years. The Obama administration has been keen on engaging with the military-backed civilian government of Myanmar after the country made some significant democratic reforms. In the past year, elections were held for a nominally civilian government, and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest after two decades. Yet even as changes take hold in Rangoon, persecution against the country's ethnic minorities continue.

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The Takeaway

Aung San Suu Kyi to Run for Parliament in Myanmar

Friday, November 18, 2011

A year after being released from two decades of house arrest, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced she will return to politics and run for a seat in Myanmar's Parliament. Her National League for Democracy party plans to contest all 48 vacant seats in Parliament. The NLD boycotted Myanmar's last election, its first in 20 years, because Suu Kyi was banned from running for office by the military-backed government. Hours before the announcement, President Obama said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Myanmar, making her the first secretary of state in 50 years to do so.

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Talk to Me

The Asia Society Presents Oral Histories from Burma

Monday, October 24, 2011

Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, actor Kathryn Grody, writers Amitav Ghosh and Deborah Eisenberg, and former political prisoner Law Eh Soe read from Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime at a recent event at the Asia Society.

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The Takeaway

Myanmar to Release Thousands of Prisoners

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The highly secretive and authoritarian nation of Myanmar announced on state-controlled television that it would grant amnesty to 6,300 prisoners. The announcement, which did not specify whether prisoners of conscience would be included in the general amnesty, came only a day after a State Department official indicated that Washington would be open to improving relations with Myanmar's new military-backed government that came to power in March. The prisoner releases could begin as soon as Wednesday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thant Myint-U describes the remote region suddenly a geopolitical center of the world—Burma, where Asia’s great powers appear to be vying for supremacy. Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia looks at the ways China and India are becoming exposed to each other as never before, and how the basic shift in geography will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of Southeast Asia and the Far East.

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The Washington Report

U.S. Said to Have Stopped North Korean Missile Shipment to Myanmar

Monday, June 13, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on arms shipments from North Korea to Myanmar, the Chinese and American economies, and President Obama on the campaign trail.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Latest On Burma

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We’ll look at the political situation in Burma, and the problems presenting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. We’ll speak with New Yorker writer Joshua Hammer, his article "A Free Woman," appears in the January 24 issue of the New Yorker.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Released

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Suzanne DiMaggio, director of policy studies at the Asia Society, discusses the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from her house arrest in Burma.

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The Takeaway

Election Over, Burma Officials Release Aung San Suu Kyi

Monday, November 15, 2010

The military government of Burma has released Aung Sang Suu Kyi, one of the country's most visible pro-democracy advocates and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. She has spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, and re-enters the public eye just after another round of elections which outside observers deemed rigged. Despite the military junta's continued repression, Suu Kyi is calling for Western countries to increase their engagement with Burma, pointing out that sanctions over the last decades have not forced change.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Aung San Suu Kyi Freed, Morning Headlines

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set free by authorities after nearly two decades of house arrest. 

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The Takeaway

Aung San Suu Kyi May Be Released by Burmese Authorities

Friday, November 12, 2010

Supporters of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi say she may soon be released from house arrest. In a place where many reporters have been banned, it's hard to know exactly what is happening, but sources are telling our partners at the BBC that documents authorizing the leader of the National League for Democracy's release have been signed.   

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