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Wednesday
Jul242013

An Endangered People: The Intha - Myanmar

 

Inle lake is not only one of the biggest tourist attractions in Burma, but it is the key for survival to the communities that live around it. The water from the lake is essential to the people for drinking, cleaning, traveling, farming and fishing. However due to climate change and pollution, the water from the lake has been getting lower. This has greatly affected the Intha who have relied on the lake for survival. The Intha are the only people in the world to fish using one leg, and Fisherman U Aung Min Soe talks about the struggles he has had to overcome in order to support his family. He said he wishes a different life for his children.

Producer, Interviewer, Camera, Editor: Kaye Lin
Team Leader: Gary Knight

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul242013

ICG Awards Burma Gov. as Aung San Suu Kyi May Become President

The European Union lifted all sanctions except for an arms embargo on Burma, on the same day Human Rights Watch released a report accusing the Burmese government for committing crimes against humanity. U Aung Min, Burma's Chief Peace negotiator and rumored to be the representative that President Thein Sein confides the most in, comes to Columbia University and responds to criticism. He also explains Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's role with the new government and whether she will be president in 2015.

 

Monday
Mar182013

US investment in Myanmar - Q & A 

The United States aims to have a policy system that is deeply rooted in human rights and democracy, however, the latest US business ties in Burma has analysts worried because of the ethics behind US engagement with the former military government.

On February 25, 2013, fifty US delegates visited Burma in hopes of reaching business ties with the Burmese government after decades of sanctions and economic constraints. US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez was criticized for shaking hands with U Win Aung, who is now the President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( UMFCCI) . He was dubbed a crony for his close financial relationship with Burma's former military dictatorship and remains on the US government blacklist of Burmese company leaders.

Within that same week- on February 28th, the United States held a House Hearing on the ethics of US investment in Burma. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Michael Posner explains a little more about US investment in Burma and the meaning behind the picture of Fernandez and U Win Aung, while Jennifer Quigley of US Campaign of Burma discloses that the US needs to be stricter on its foreign policy in Burma.

Although the US is pushing Burma to move toward political and economic reforms, there remains a bit of ambivalence of doing investment in the country. The US wants to help Burma compete in the international economy while aiming in a system that is deeply rooted to human rights and democracy; yet Burma greatly suffers from human rights violations.

 

Monday
Mar182013

Q & A Burma/ Myanmar Reforms 

My Q & A with Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch on Burma/ Myanmar reforms. He emphasizes the plight of the Rohingyas and what it means for Burma's reputation. He explains why the Kachin war is going on and why Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has not concretely spoken out. He says that she is in a difficult situation.

 

Monday
Mar182013

The Kachin War and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's transition to democracy is highly praised, but there is much more to Burma's transformation than meets the eye. There is an ongoing war between the Burmese government and Kachin state, and it has raged on for months. Although there are many allegations against the Burmese government, Burma's Nobel Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been heavily criticized for not speaking out against the violations. Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch explains that Daw Suu is in a dilemma.