15 Mar Letter from Pazungtaung
A culture of protest and repression
Since I last wrote to you, protests by students, workers and other groups continue to be a facet of everyday life in Myanmar. These events are in addition to fighting in the north of the country between government troops and Kokangrebels in and around the Laukkai area bordering China. It is always sad to hear of deaths and injuries from the battlefield.
|A worker hangs a large Chinese national flag covering a local government building to celebrate the upcoming National Day in downtown Qingdao city, eastern China's Shandong province, September 30, 2011. Photo: Wun Hong/EPA|
Myanmar’s relationship with China has always been uneasy. After Chairman Mao assumed power in 1949, remnants of the Kuomintang fled into northern Myanmar, creating all kinds of problems for the newly independent government that was already dealing with a widespread armed ethnic insurgency. The US eagerly supported the KMT.
28 Feb Letter from Pazungtaung
Myanmar’s media landscape five years on
I write to you today from Mizzima’s new headquarters on Pazungtaung Street in Yangon. It is an exciting time for Mizzima, but not only because of our new location. Today, we also celebrate the transition of our Myanmar language Daily News service from print copy to a digital format, as we embrace our drive as a pioneer of a new age of media for a new Myanmar.
23 Feb Making the most of a legacy
|Archive photo of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi posing under a portrait of her father, independence leader Aung San, at her family home in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima File|
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was given a heroine’s welcome at Natmauk in Magwe Region on February 13 for celebrations marking the birth in the town 100 years earlier of her father, General Aung San.
12 Feb The menace from abroad
|Myanmar soldiers stand guard in front of the three statues of former Kings who founded the Myanmar Kingdom during the 68th Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 27, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
Myanmar history is littered with stories about encroaching menaces from abroad. The three warrior Kings – Anawratha, Bayingnaung and Alaungpaya - who are honoured with gigantic statues in Nay Pyi Taw all saw their share of bloodshed.