By Aye Aye Win Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s parliament voted against several constitutional amendments June 25, ensuring that the military’s veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. The legislature ended a 3-day debate on proposed changes to the 2008 […]
Nobel: two rival nations, one message of peace
By Katy Daigle Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — One is Muslim, the other Hindu. One a Pakistani, the other Indian. One a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience.
Jailed Nobel’s wife pens open letter to China’s President Xi
By Staff The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The wife of China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner has written an open letter to new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to protest an 11-year prison term given to her brother, the family’s lawyer said June 14. In the letter, Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia said the sentencing […]
Myanmar apologizes for violence against monks
By Aye Aye Win The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government apologized for a violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and other foes of a copper mine in northwest Myanmar, which was the biggest use of force against demonstrators since reformist President Thein Sein took office last year.
Ex-junta prisoner Suu Kyi takes office in Myanmar
By Aye Aye Win and Todd Pitman The Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) ― Aung San Suu Kyi capped a tenacious, decades-long journey from political prisoner to office holder in long-repressed Myanmar as the country’s main opposition party moved its struggle for democratic rule inside government for the first time.
Filmmaker Robert Lieberman captures the life and struggles of Burmese citizens in “They Call It Myanmar”
By Shelley Seale for Northwest Asian Weekly “They Call It Myanmar” is the story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a two-year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. The film provides an astonishing and intimate look at what has been one of the most isolated countries in the world, showing the everyday […]
China honors Putin with Confucius Prize
By Alexa Olesen The Associated Press Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin BEIJING (AP) — The sponsors of a would-be Chinese alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize held their second award ceremony on Friday, handing a gold Confucius statue and a certificate meant for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to a pair of exchange students, an […]
Jailed China Nobel winner’s wife still silenced
By Gillian Wong The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — In a quiet, leafy neighborhood of Beijing, a woman has been living in enforced isolation in her book-lined, fifth-floor apartment. Her apparent misdeed: being married to a Nobel Peace Prize winner the Chinese government calls a criminal. In the year since jailed democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo […]
The Dalai Lama’s greatest challenge: trying to retire when the worshippers refuse to accept it
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — In a lifetime spent advocating the plight of his Tibetan community, promoting inter-religious harmony
Myanmar deports Michelle Yeoh over Suu Kyi movie
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The military-backed government of Myanmar has deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie, officials said last Tuesday. The Malaysian actress arrived in the country’s main city, Yangon, on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on […]