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, […]

Story of the Day, Obama’s Connection to Myanmar Edition

The New York Times reports: When President Obama lands in Yangon on Monday, he will be the first sitting American president to visit the country now known as Myanmar. But he will not be the first Obama to visit. The president’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent part of World War II in what was […]

President Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

I wanted to point out a few stories ahead of President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia trip. Obama will be Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Saturday November 17 through Tuesday November 20. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok provides details on Obama’s itinerary: In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years […]

Obama to visit Thailand in November?

Today’s Bangkok Post says: US President Barack Obama is expected to pay an official visit to Thailand in November during his trip to Bali to attend the East Asian Summit, government sources said. Thailand extended an invitation for Mr Obama to visit the kingdom after he was inaugurated, which was about the same time that […]

Around the Web: improving college rankings, Federer’s footwork, inventors killed by their own inventions, and more

Some links that have caught my eye of late: In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol [NYTimes.com] — About S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst. "What is aim of Thailand's 'red shirts' movement?" [Reuters] — Q&A-style analysis from Reuters. "List of inventors killed by their own inventions" [Wikipedia] — "This is a list […]

Obama inauguration in Bangkok’s newspapers

President Obama’s inauguration was, of course, front-page news here in Bangkok today. Here’re the top left corner of Thai Rath newspaper, a popular daily ((Thai Rath‘s coverage can be quite sensational. Today’s issue contains three striking below-the-fold images not included in this scan: a man who was killed in a car crash; a woman embracing […]

Obama wins: electoral maps, images, and more

Some links: For a recap of the election, this Wikipedia page — United States presidential election, 2008 — is a good place to start. Newseum has images from today’s front pages. (Here’s a bigger image of the Washington Post front page above.) The Big Picture has a collection of photos of Obama throughout the campaign. […]

Watching the election from abroad

A and I will be gathering around the TV tomorrow (Later today, US time), watching the election results with a group of friends. We’ll be checking out the live news coverage, and I’m sure there’ll be some laptops and smart phones out, with folks consulting electoral analysis sites like the intriguing FiveThirtyEight.com (Baseball stats-like analysis […]