March 12, 2013 |
RANGOON, Burma — For most of two decades, while Aung San Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest, her deputy Win Tin was condemned to solitary confinement in prison, denied even pen and paper by his jailers. When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her attempts to bring democracy to Burma, he was comparatively forgotten by the outside world. But today, 83-year-old Win Tin is out of jail, free to write a weekly column and broadcast a weekly radio show, using satire to mercilessly mock...
February 28, 2013 |
Daw Su Su Nyunt squeezed my cupped hands, causing the grooved skin to bulge with definition. Using the fleshy road map as her guide, she read my future. "Foreigners and foreign countries are good for you," she said, peering at my life through a pair of broken eyeglasses. "2013 is good for travel, not only in Burma but in other countries. " Su Su, who works out of a tiny cube on a traffic island in Rangoon, has been making predictions about love, health, careers and travel since 1990.
February 5, 2013 |
When Burma's Zin Mar Aung was placed in solitary confinement in 1998 for trying to organize students, Bill Clinton was president of the United States. When she was released, Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. Zin Mar Aung says she had never heard of George W. Bush or his wife, Laura, who used her own bully pulpit to push for liberation of Burma's most famous political prisoner, democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi is known to many now because of the largely unacknowledged work of the...
November 18, 2012 |
RANGOON, Burma — For 15 years, Aung San Suu Kyi waited in her lakeside villa, confined to the small plot of land under house arrest, dreaming of her return to the world. On Monday, the world, or a big piece of it, came calling on her. The gates, topped with barbed wire, swung open, and a black presidential limousine pulled into the driveway. Out stepped President Obama , pressing his hands together and bowing ever so slightly — a gesture the Burmese democracy leader, dressed in...
September 29, 2012 |
WITH BURMA moving toward democracy, there's no shortage of players willing to take some credit. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said in a letter to The Post a couple of months ago that "without the intense efforts initiated from my office, including my groundbreaking visit to Burma in 2009, many of the democratic advances in Burma (also known as Myanmar) would not have taken place. " Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking on Sept. 19 as Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won the Congressional Gold Medal ,...
September 22, 2012 |
"SOMETIMES IT IS more difficult to learn to work together than to suffer individually," Aung San Suu Kyi observed to a Washington audience last week. Coming from a woman who has spent most of the past two decades in isolation, under house arrest, it was a striking statement. The Nobel Peace Prize winner from Burma was seeking support in Washington as her country, also known as Myanmar, emerges from a half-century of dictatorship. What seemed uppermost on her mind were the practical,...