Report exposes police violence against LGBT community
|Burning candles at Yangon’s fourth transgender day of remembrance at People’s Park on November 20. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi|
Arrested for merely being outside after dark, Min Min, 33, was forced to undress and shout “I am a man” before being raped by police officers while in custody.
A cartoon show on 13th Street
|Photo: Hong Sar|
The irreverent wit and draftsmanship of one of Myanmar’s most beloved cartoonists was celebrated recently at an open-air exhibition in downtown Yangon that attracted throngs of admirers, young and old, and sometimes wet and dry.
Bar Boon, pronounced ‘bone’ according to our Dutch editor, is known as that café on Bogyoke Aung San road, nearby Scott Market where the tourists sit leafing through their guidebooks and sipping on a latte and enjoying a pastry before heading out on their walking tour.
Big stories such as the death of Ko Par Gyi and the jailing of the Unity Journalists understandably dominate the headlines; but using UNESCO’s ‘Media Development Indicators’, International Media Support hopes to take a wide angle lense of the media landscape in Myanmar.
Bridging cultures with free WiFi at Pansodan Scene
Finding an internet connection in Yangon is as easy as ordering a US$4 (K4000) cup of coffee in one of the city’s upscale hotels. Atmosphere and (relatively) quick WiFi are available in abundance, but for ordinary Myanmar and many expats, that’s too much to pay for the convenience of an easy connection.
|Photo: Matt Roebuck|
Upland breezes and the shade from Jacaranda trees festooned with vibrant purple blooms are among the sensory delights first noticed by travellers arriving Kalaw, a former hill station in Shan State.
|Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima|
Agnes, a French restaurant in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, must be one of the most expensive dining options in Yangon. But does this upscale eatery serve fine food worth the elaborate bill it presents to customers at the end of a culinary evening?
Fighting sexual herassment in public transport
|Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
It happens regularly. A woman boards one of Yangon city's crowded buses to start her daily commute to work or school. A man stands behind her and all of a sudden she feels him pressing against her. She is too scared to tell him to stop and the man continues, despite being surrounded by many others on the overcrowded bus.