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  • A story of modern slavery in Thailand

    2 weeks ago

    Hoping for a brighter future, Maung Htay, a Burmese migrant, left Myanmar when he was just a teenager. He is now 42, but his dream is still far from realized. He is still impoverished and has lost all contact with his parents after more than 20 years of working in Thailand. 

    ...
  • Are Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims the world’s ‘least wanted’ people?

    By Jared Sichel

    June 4, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Abu Tahay, a Rohingya Muslim activist who lives in Myanmar, says his people face a simple calculus when deciding whether to remain in their western Myanmar homes or escape via the Andaman Sea on overcrowded, hopelessly equipped fishing boats:

    “Do — or die.”

    Rohingya Muslims...

  • Surviving a childhood in refugee camps, and thriving

    May 13, 2015 | 12:47 pm

    It was late at night when my family and I climbed into a boat to cross the Salween River into Thailand. We were trying to escape the civil war in our remote village in the Karen State in eastern Burma. Although I don’t remember the exact date, I know it was on a December night in...

  • Terrorized by my Bicycle for my 45th Birthday

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 16, 2012 | 9:13 pm

     "I did this to myself," I mumbled. I kept thinking, "This is my fault. I am stuck on this bike in this heat in Bagan to celebrate my big birthday. I chose this. I must be crazy." I wondered, "Why am I torturing myself? Are we having fun yet?"

    George, my happy husband, seemed so...

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  • Now is the time for Obama to visit Israel

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    November 13, 2012 | 10:55 am

    President Obama leaves Saturday for a three-day trip to Burma, Thailand and Cambodia.  On the way home he should stop in another Asian country, Israel.  It's a trip he should have made early in his first term and is long overdue.

    The timing is good.  He just won a decisive...

  • In Burmese Chanukah celebration, signs of Myanmar’s openness to the West

    January 3, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    In almost any other community from Moscow to Washington, it would have been just another public Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony providing an opportunity for the local government and Jewish community to showcase their strong ties.

    But in Myanmar, where the government has been run...

  • Organize now against oppression in Burma

    By Dan Adler

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it's too late. Take, for example, last fall. Crimson-robed monks marched peacefully in the streets of Rangoon, making the case for democratic reforms and human rights.

    The monks' nonviolent approach and...

  • Honoring Hatzolah, Anjelica Huston, Sheba

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    All Hail Hatzolah

    Ambulances, LAPD squad cars and fire trucks filled the parking spaces outside Beth Jacob Congregation the evening of March 16 -- but there was no emergency going on inside.

    Rather, it was an "Evening of Appreciation" for the Los Angeles Fire Department, presented by...

  • A Piece of Familiarity

    By Julie Y. Benson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Myanmar, tucked in the middle of Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh, has had a rather turbulent history that continues today. Travel there would not appeal to those less inclined toward adventure, but my husband and I prefer such destinations. So, we boarded Myanmar Airways...

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