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UWS Spiritual Center Awaits Return of Leader Who Survived Plane Crash

Monday, January 07, 2013

Members of the Community Meditation Center on the Upper West side met for the first time Sunday without their leader, Allan Lokos, who survived a plane crash with his wife in Myanmar last month.

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WNYC News

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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On The Media

A Stolen Face, The Leveson Report, and More

Friday, November 30, 2012

A tragic case of mistaken identity, the conclusion of the Leveson Inquiry, and whistleblowers rejoice!

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 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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The Takeaway

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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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Great expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Obama administration's healthcare bill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Obama administration's healthcare bill

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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

Looking at the Future of US-Myanmar Relations

Thursday, December 01, 2011

For years, relations between the U.S. and Myanmar have been frozen. Myanmar is one of the least developed countries in the world, with systematic human rights violations, rampant child labor, and a health care system that has been ranked by the World Health Organization as the worst in the world. But a historic visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the isolated country this week may represent a late thaw. In a step that could transform American diplomacy in the region, the U.S. and Myanmar are considering exchanging ambassadors.

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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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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 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 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

Some in Burma Call for Boycott of Elections

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained leader of the pro-democracy party in Burma, has called on her fellow citizens to boycott upcoming elections in the military-run Southeast Asian nation. This weekend's election will be the first held there in twenty years and the state media is urging citizens to cast their ballots. Our partners at the BBC spoke with people in Burma about the upcoming election.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda with Chris Hayes and Rob Watson

Monday, August 17, 2009

On the agenda this week: The Takeaway talks about how President Obama may be backing away from absolutely requiring a public health care option, just before he and his family head off to a Martha's Vineyard getaway. We also talk about Senator Jim Webb (D-Va), just returned from a historic diplomatic trip to Myanmar, and Thursday's presidential election in Afghanistan. The Takeaway is joined by Chris Hayes, Washington editor for The Nation, and Rob Watson, diplomatic correspondent for our partners, the BBC.

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The Takeaway

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to House Arrest

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest after an American man swam out to her lakeside home back in May. BBC Asia expert Jill McGivering tells us about the sentence and the uninvited lakeside visitor.

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The Takeaway

In A Mystery, Nobel Laureate On Trial in Myanmar

Thursday, May 14, 2009

An American man swam across a lake in Myanmar and, as a result, a pro-democracy leader is imprisoned. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize laureate, has been taken to a top security prison in the capital for violating the terms of her house arrest, after John Yettaw, the American man, swam across a lake to enter her home, uninvited. It’s a mysterious story and the BBC’s Asia analyst Jill McGivering has been following it.

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