Obama’s State of the Union remarks on Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar

President Obama just finished his State of the Union address. I Tweeted his remarks about Myanmar and wanted to share them here as well: 1. Obama: “I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home…” — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 13, […]

Thailand News: The Week Ahead

There’s lots on tap here in Thailand over the next few days: Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Bangkok tonight on what will be her first international trip in 24 years. Reuters has a scene-setter. Suu Kyi will be speaking at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, which runs from tomorrow (Wed.) through Friday. […]

A Few Odds and Ends

Here are some items from the last several days that I wanted to point out, at least belatedly: On Aung San Suu Kyi and reforms in Myanmar: The AP provides the context on Aung San Suu Kyi’s parliamentary swearing in today: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar’s military-backed parliament Wednesday, […]

Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty in Myanmar

The verdict was widely expected, but it was officially announced — after a delay on July 31 — early this afternoon, local time. Myanmar’s imprisoned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pronounced guilty of violating the terms of her detention by allegedly harboring an American well-wisher, John Yettaw, who swam across a lake, uninvited, […]

NYT podcast on Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi

In this week’s New York Times podcast ((Here’s a list of my favorite podcasts.)) about international news, correspondent Seth Mydans discusses Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar. If you’re looking for some general context and historical perspective, it’s worth a listen. Click here and scroll down to World View Podcast. You can stream the 6 […]

Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, and John Yettaw

Some news stories about Aung San Suu Kyi and John Yettaw: Reuters: “Critics hit Myanmar on “trumped-up” Suu Kyi charges” YANGON (Reuters) – Western critics slammed Myanmar’s military rulers for pressing “trumped-up” new charges against detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but the move drew only mild rebuke from Asian neighbors. The United States […]