Later this year, Myanmar plays host to the South East Asian Games. Myanmar officials want to include a sport called chinlone in the line-up. We find out more from Canadian filmmaker and chinlone expert Greg Hamilton.
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.
Migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos make up about 10 percent of Thailand's workforce. But now that Thailand has increased its minimum wage, it's also making it harder for immigrant workers to stay.
A violent crackdown on a peaceful protest in Myanmar last week has raised questions about how committed Burmese authorities are to real democratic reform. Reporter Becky Palmstrom visited the site of the protest over a copper mining project.
A plane from the U.N., the first major international airlift, has been able to land in Myanmar.The Takeaway talks a man who happened to be in the area (working at a tiger reserve) during the cyclone. He talks about the devastation.
Twenty-two thousand people are dead. Forty-one thousand are missing. And the cyclone that roared through Myanmar (Burma) on Saturday has affected 24 million people. Aid organizations are starting the difficult process of helping.
Burmese communities in the United States have been following the aftermath of the cyclone closely. The Takeaway talks with Mya Htay, who works at Rangoon Burmese Restaurant in Philadelphia. Her mother is one of the restaurant's three co-owners, and the staff has been trying to cope with trauma and uncertainty this week.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest after an American man swam out to her lakeside home in May. BBC Asia expert Jill McGivering tells The Takeaway about the sentence and the uninvited visitor.
Included in this week's agenda are President Obama's public health care option, Senator Jim Webb's diplomatic trip to Myanmar, and Afghanistan's presidential election. The Takeaway is joined by The Nation's Chris Hayes and The BBC's Rob Watson.