Like a visual postcard, the short video A handful of Myanmar by Berta upe Tilmantaitė invites its viewers to marvel at the wonders of the Southeast Asian country. Reid Willis‘ music replaces the natural sounds of the place, as rhythm and tempo adapt to the flow of the rivers and the laughter of young monks. via globalvoicesonline
bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. One third of Burma’s total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 miles) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Burma’s population of over 60 million makes it the world’s 24th most populous country and, at 676,578 square kilometres (261,227 sq mi), it is the world’s 40th largest country and the second largest in Southeast Asia.
For most of its independent years, the country has been engrossed in rampant ethnic strife and a myriad of Burma’s ethnic groups have been involved in one of the world’s longest-running unresolved civil wars. During this time, the United Nations and several other organizations have reported consistent and systematic human rights violations in the country.
Burma is a country rich in jade and gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources. In 2011, its GDP stood at US$53.14 billion and was estimated to be growing at an annual rate of 5.5%. Despite good economic growth it’s believed that Burma’s true economic potential won’t be easily achieved due to the nation’s lack of development, as of 2013 according to the Human Development Index (HDI) Burma still has one of the lowest human development in the world.
what does that even mean… who’s decided hdi ness?
There were sporadic protests against military rule during the Ne Win years and these were almost always violently suppressed. On 7 July 1962, the government broke up demonstrations at Rangoon University, killing 15 students. In 1974, the military violently suppressed anti-government protests at the funeral of U Thant. Student protests in 1975, 1976 and 1977 were quickly suppressed by overwhelming force.
In 1988, unrest over economic mismanagement and political oppression by the government led to widespread pro-democracy demonstrations throughout the country known as the 8888 Uprising. Security forces killed thousands of demonstrators, and General Saw Maung staged a coup d’état and formed the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). In 1989, SLORC declared martial law after widespread protests. The military government finalised plans for People’s Assembly elections on 31 May 1989. SLORC changed the country’s official English name from the “Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma” to the “Union of Myanmar” in 1989.
Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) tweeted at 2:20 AM – 25 Jan 2018 :
#AungSanSuuKyi “has developed an arrogance of power … she basically is unwilling to listen to bad news, and I don’t want to be part of a whitewash.”
Bill Richardson quits #Myanmar advisory board on the #Rohingya crisis, and speaks out.
Harrowing accounts of Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya have been sent to the ICC, including reports of a 10-year-old girl being repeatedly gang raped, men being doused in petrol and set alight, and women being tied to trees and raped ‘for days’ https://t.co/ilEYH063KyOriginal Tweet: https://twitter.com/DanielWickham93/status/1010637879675154438
Joey Ayoubإبن بالدوين (@joeyayoub) tweeted at 7:02 AM – 18 Dec 2018 :
This is a textbook case of ethnic cleansing https://t.co/V3wmMBKzNy (http://twitter.com/joeyayoub/status/1075028576444080128?s=17)
new housing where rohingya once live
World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 4:30 AM – 1 Mar 2020 :
From trash to treasure: how Myanmar residents are repurposing dead spaces https://t.co/DP5MZETu8P #myanmar #community https://t.co/hyqkt9uolt (http://twitter.com/wef/status/1234078476434575360?s=17)