from The Great Debate:

Despite the headlines, progress in Myanmar isn’t slipping away

By Jean-Marie Guehenno and Richard Horsey
November 19, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Yangon

Is Myanmar’s reform effort going into reverse?

Not even close. Yet if international support for its political transition seriously weakens in the face of recent setbacks, the prophecies of Myanmar’s critics may be fulfilled. The international community needs to show staying power and accept that the road to reform is long.

from Andrew R.C. Marshall:

Reuters Wins Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

April 22, 2014

Reuters Wins Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Finalist for Investigative Reporting and Breaking News Photography

from The Human Impact:

Burmese journalist beseeches brethren: Stop with the Muslim hate speech

March 19, 2014

The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.

from The Human Impact:

The future of “building back better”: houses, schools, and political transformation too?

February 4, 2014

Disaster recovery experts and scholars alike seem to agree on at least one thing: disaster-recovery efforts should concentrate not only on restoring affected communities to pre-disaster levels, but should focus on “building back better” by linking immediate relief with long-term recovery and development.

from Photographers' Blog:

Amid the opium fields

By Soe Zeya Tun
January 29, 2014

Loimgmain, Shan state, Myanmar

By Soe Zeya Tun

Ethnic Palaung and Lisu make their homes atop mountains that rise more than 5,000 feet above sea level in Myanmar’s northern Shan state. Temperatures here can be far lower than in much of the country, with lows hovering around 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5°C) and sometimes dropping to as little as 37 (3°C) during the winter months. Tea and opium poppy plantations cover many of the surrounding hillsides.

from Full Focus:

Faith healing for addicts

July 11, 2013

The Youth for Christ Centre in Myanmar offers a 3-month "course" of prayer, Bible study and devotional singing for drug users.

from The Human Impact:

A devastating fire displaces an already displaced population

April 10, 2013

In early March, I visited two refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border to report on the challenges facing refugee women and girls and was struck by the enthusiasm of students I met in Ban Mae Surin, a camp set in a remote but picturesque setting along the Mae Surin river.

from The Human Impact:

India’s growing global humanitarian role: Is it enough?

March 27, 2013

India is increasingly seen as an important player when it comes to supporting nations hit by disasters or conflict, as well as for development, but given its size and influence, is it really doing enough to help resolve global crises?

from Photographers' Blog:

To die in peace

February 27, 2013

Yangon, Myanmar

By Minzayar

"There are about thirty patients in our hospice and the number’s always about the same. New patients arrive regularly and as old patients die. About ten die every month here.”

from Photographers' Blog:

A village hunted by wild elephants

February 15, 2013

Kyar Chaung village, Myanmar

By Minzayar

It was a fine winter evening and the first frame I took was a silhouette of a farmer and his wife wearing ta-na-ka, riding on their cow carts, so at once, I thought this is a very nice village. But in fact, its people have been living in fear for several years.