What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma

On the night of August 12, soldiers in Naypyidaw surrounded the headquarters of Burma’s ruling military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). By the end of the night, Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann had been deposed as party leader, replaced by President Thein Sein. Some call this a “military coup,” with Thein Sein using military force to … More What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma

In D.C. Recently: Erika Berg Presents Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

Erika Berg has facilitated over 40 visual storytelling workshops with refugee youth along the borders of Burma and in the U.S. The paintings in Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma bridge language and cultural barriers that have shielded the outside world from haunting, humbling and awe-inspiring truths behind Burma’s decades-long civil war. At … More In D.C. Recently: Erika Berg Presents Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

In D.C. Recently: Buddhist Monk U Tikha Nyana, Prominent Lawyer U Aung Thane and Justice Trust

Recently, Justice Trust, an organization that seeks to use existing judicial systems in emerging democratic countries through local lawyers, came to Washington, DC. During their two days they held a number of meetings to discuss their new report, Hidden Hands, which examines the communal violence in Burma and found that outside actors and hardline military elements … More In D.C. Recently: Buddhist Monk U Tikha Nyana, Prominent Lawyer U Aung Thane and Justice Trust

The US turns a blind eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection

Weapons facilities with suspected North Korea ties are worth more scrutiny than the Obama Administration is willing to concede. President Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point today. In his speech, Obama commended Burma on, among other things, their “movement away from partnership with North Korea in favor of engagement with America.” Obama is … More The US turns a blind eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection

Top 4 Racist Laws against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Did you think the era of apartheid was in the past? Not for Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The local, state, and national governments in Burma enforce policies that harshly discriminate against Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Rakhine State, western Burma. These policies have incited deadly violence against Rohingya over the past two years that could … More Top 4 Racist Laws against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Mixed Messages from the UN in Burma

Soon you could see child soldiers like this donning the iconic blue helmet of the UN peacekeepers. That is essentially the recommendation raised by UN Special Envoy to Burma Vijay Nambiar. During a visit to Nay Pyi Taw in January, Nambiar suggested to Burmese Defense Commander-in-Chief Aung Hlaing that the Burmese military start sending troops on … More Mixed Messages from the UN in Burma

Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market

The Burmese government possesses the power to protect minorities, promote freedom of expression, and encourage democratic political reforms. But instead of using its influence for good, the government further consolidates its power by denying independent exile media the freedom to report on controversial topics such as the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, oppressive censorship laws, and … More Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market