A recent uptick in fighting between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army has brought long-simmering tensions back to the surface, and highlights how much work remains to be done as the country tries to shed its militarized past.
The Man Booker prize for literature in English was awarded to an Aussie author for a novel inspired by his father's experiences as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese, working on the country's World War II era ‘Railroad of Death’ in Thailand and Burma.
A state of emergency has been in place since mid-May In Thailand. Despite this, and two bombs that went off in Bangkok last week, some business leaders are trying to project an image of business as usual. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports.
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, is in the throes of political reforms. Protesters have been released from prison and notions once unbelievable are now common. And that's meant a growing movement to teach citizens English.