Burma Articles


Protest Signs Meet Obama in Burma: 'Reform Is Fake,' 'Change'

12:08 PM, Nov 14, 2014

President Obama held a townhall today in Burma where he was met with signs that read "Reform is fake" and "Change." He commented on the signs before getting on with the program.

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What Would Hillary Do?

Sep 08, 2014

Despite the attention paid to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy as lacking an “organizing principle,” there wasn’t much new in her interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. Mostly the exchange covered issues on which her differences with the president are well known, such as arming the Syrian opposition and supporting Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

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Hillary Clinton Releases Statement ... on Burma

7:44 AM, Jan 04, 2013

Hillary Clinton, who was recently released from the hospital, released a statement yesterday ... on Burma.

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Trouble in Burma

9:20 AM, Dec 07, 2012

Much reporting on Burma reflects the mistaken impression that things have changed dramatically and for good.  Yet last Saturday, three activists were arrested in connection with a rally outside the Chinese embassy in Rangoon against a Chinese-sponsored copper mine.

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Clinton Appears to Nap During Obama's Burma Speech

6:34 PM, Nov 19, 2012

In this footage from CNN, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to fall asleep during President Barack Obama's Burma speech:

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Obama Calls Burma 'Myanmar' as 'Diplomatic Courtesy'

8:03 AM, Nov 19, 2012

President Barack Obama called Burma 'Myanmar' after a bilateral meeting with Thein Sein, the president of that country. From the pool report:

Obama used the word "Myanmar," the preferred terminology of the former military government and currently nominally civilian government, in a spray following the bilat, rather than use "Burma," the former name of the country, and the one preferred by Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the name the U.S. uses.

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Will Obama Push Reform in Burma?

3:35 PM, Nov 16, 2012

President Obama’s trip to Southeast Asia will take him to Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. Relations with Thailand and Cambodia are relatively static, thanks to the former’s historic alliance with the U.S. and despite the latter’s terrible human rights record. Burma, on the other hand, is in the midst of change, with the beginnings of a potential transition to democracy.

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President Obama, Stop in Jerusalem

10:42 PM, Nov 15, 2012

President Obama heads abroad Saturday for a four-day visit to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. One assumes the president was going to add on to this trip a visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which would certainly be the fitting and proper thing to do.

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Obama to Travel to Burma

1:44 PM, Nov 08, 2012

President Barack Obama will travel to Burma, as well as other countries in Asia, the White House announced. 

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The Right Way to Engage Burma

Insist on democratic reforms.
Oct 01, 2012

A cartoon on the front page of the August 2 Independent, a weekly journal published in Burma’s capital, showed a rider approaching a fortress painted with the stars and stripes of the American flag.

“Please open the door,” the rider says.

“What is the password?” asks a voice from within the fortress.

“Democracy,” says the rider. 

“Is that permanent or temporary?” asks America.

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Not the Kind of Leadership We’re Looking For

Why is the State Department defending Malaysia in the wake of democratic crackdowns?
3:00 PM, Jul 08, 2011

Secretary Clinton had nothing but glowing remarks for Malaysia’s leadership when she stopped there in November of last year.  “We already have a strong partnership based on common values like respect for cultural diversity, pluralism, religious tolerance… We know that Malaysia is a leader in this region…. [and is] increasingly being looked to as both a thought leader and a model globally,” Clinton said at the time.

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