President Obama is due to visit Myanmar on Monday. It's a sign of how far the Asian country has come on reform in the past few years. Many Burmese are welcoming Obama's visit, including young people who are studying the American system of government.
Myanmar is going through some rapid transitions. In just the last year, the country's military dictators have freed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and allowed elections to be held. Now the country is opening up to foreign business as well.
Myanmar is not a country where gays and lesbians are able to live openly, but for one week a year, the gay and transgender community can celebrate openly at a festival where spirits commune with humans.
Aung San Suu Kyi has become something of a celebrity in the past 20 years. A rock star, even. So perhaps she's in need of publicity for her world tour worthy of a rock star. We imagine what that might sound like.
This weekend's election will be the first held there in twenty years and the state media is urging citizens to cast their ballots. Our partners at the BBC spoke with people in Burma about the upcoming election.
The highly secretive and authoritarian nation of Myanmar announced on state-controlled television that it would grant amnesty to 6,300 prisoners. Viv Marsh, Asia-Pacific editor for the BBC, reports on the latest details of the story.