The former top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar has called the latest overture to that isolated nation a “historic opportunity.” But a top human rights organization official expressed concern that the Obama administration might be moving too quickly and that the government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, needs to show more concrete evidence of its willingness to reform. Continue reading
In an effort to warm relations between the U.S. and the Asian nation of Myanmar, President Obama announced he will send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton there next month. Margret Warner discusses the renewed ties with retired Foreign Service officer Priscilla Clapp and Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. Continue reading
Myanmar’s repressive regime is showing signs of relaxing restrictions not only in the political and diplomatic realm but in the day-to-day lives of its people, according to Patrick Winn, who recently traveled to Myanmar to do a series of reports for GlobalPost. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, the U.S. stepped up a diplomatic assault on Iran over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Iran in unusually strong terms. Also in Detroit, a Nigerian man pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, 2009. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Libyan government allegedly demanded that oil companies operating there pay its $1.5 billion fine in the Pan Am jetliner bombing over Scotland. Also, facing growing protests, the Syrian president pledged to consider lifting some restrictions on civil liberties. Continue reading
Relief organizations responding to Cyclone Giri, which pounded western Myanmar on Friday, are finding homes and schools swept away and a need for emergency food and water in the saltwater soaked islands. Continue reading
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President Obama kicked off a nine-day trip to Asia on Friday with a visit to Japan, where the newly elected prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is seeking a more “equal partnership” with the U.S. and the closing of an unpopular Marine base in Okinawa. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading