Myanmar (Burma)

4:46pm

Tue March 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Myanmar Imposes New Curfews Amid Anti-Muslim Violence

A man walks amid debris of buildings destroyed during ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila, about 340 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday.
Khin Maung Win AP

The government of Myanmar has imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew in three townships amid growing anti-Muslim violence that is drawing closer to the main city of Yangon.

Violence against Muslims has been a major problem in the country as President Thein Sein introduces democratic changes after decades of military rule.

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1:00am

Fri March 22, 2013
Business

Google's Eric Schmidt Heads To Another Isolated Asian Nation

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:55 am

Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman and former CEO, stands near a statue of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang in January. He's headed now to Myanmar, another largely untapped market.
David Guttenfelder AP

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, who went to North Korea in January, is making a short visit Friday to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Why is the senior executive of a U.S. technology powerhouse visiting some of the poorest and least wired countries in Asia?

Schmidt will be the first top U.S. executive to travel to the Southeast Asian nation since it began emerging from decades of international isolation under a military dictatorship.

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3:43am

Sat March 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Now A Politician, Aung San Suu Kyi Is The Object Of Protesters

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 11:51 am

Aung San Suu Kyi (right) faced protesters when she traveled to a village in northern Myanmar on Thursday to discuss a Chinese-backed copper mine project. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and a member of Parliament, urged protesters to support the project, which was the scene of a violent crackdown last year. She said opposing the project would risk hurting the country's economy.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Last year, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was greeted by adoring crowds during triumphant tours of Asia, the U.S. and Europe. She eclipsed President Thein Sein, who remained in Burma, as the country is also known, and managed a series of domestic crises.

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3:20pm

Fri February 22, 2013
World

After Long Isolation, Myanmar Now Has Suitors

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:47 pm

Engineers from China and Myanmar work to bury an oil pipeline outside the Myanmar city of Mandalay. Chinese media reports say the 700-mile-long oil and gas pipelines will be completed in May.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

For decades, Myanmar was isolated diplomatically, an economic backwater that seemed almost frozen in time amid a Southeast Asian region that was modernizing at a rapid pace.

But the political reforms under way in Myanmar, also known as Burma, are redefining its place in the world. President Obama's visit in November was a sign of the dramatic turnaround in relations with the United States.

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5:33am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Myanmar Celebrates As Censorship Recedes; And Oh Those Seussian Hats

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 10:56 am

A sea of Seuss hats at an event at the Library of Congress in 2010.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

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