“The Magic Pool” – Campaign Video for a Better Tourism in Burma

This spot entitled The Magic Pool was produced in Burma by the director Moe Thorn, featuring in the main role Adam Fraser as tourist. Please watch and share!

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New Project Promotes Responsible Travel to Burma
June 16, 2011 – 11:30 am | Comments Off

In a recent post I wrote about some aspects of the question of whether one should travel to Burma or not. Now it’s time to introduce our latest project, which continues our organization’s activities in these fields since 2007 and basically maintains the original message: You can’t make a 100% ethical trip to Burma, but you can as a traveler significantly control the impact of your travels, and there are good chances that many responsible travelers to Burma will together contribute to an improvement of the situation.

We have decided to go a different way than the usual projects that present you with pages of information and advice. We engage travelers by asking them to tell their travel stories, and we equally involve Burmese locals by complementing both voices side-by-side.

Have I aroused your curiosity? Then please check out the site here. Read the full story »

My Reply to So-called “Asian Values”
May 14, 2011 – 10:25 pm | Comments Off
My Reply to So-called “Asian Values”

I am not going to write about the real Asian values, the values of the people of Asia. I figure it is impossible even to grasp their variety. What I rather have in mind to …

New Campaigns for Burma’s Political Prisoners
May 3, 2011 – 12:01 pm | Comments Off
New Campaigns for Burma’s Political Prisoners

In Burma there are still over 2,200 political prisoners. As long as they are not free, no change to democracy in Burma can be credible. Similarly, as Zinn Linn pointed out, there is no democracy …

Burma All Inclusive
May 2, 2011 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off
Burma All Inclusive

16 days of truth. Trailer of a documentary about the truth behind the golden smiles in Burma. Visit www.rowe.at/burma

“Happy World”, Absurd Burma
April 21, 2011 – 1:34 pm | Comments Off
“Happy World”, Absurd Burma

“Tristan Mendes France and Gaël Bordier went to Burma, where they clandestinely shot their documentary.
They brought back a totally original film, an exclusive document, which tells the everyday life of the Burmese, the …

The Good Government of Myanmar
April 19, 2011 – 9:18 am | Comments Off
The Good Government of Myanmar

I just came across an article in the Irrawaddy, published yesterday, where one paragraph caught my attention:
“Sources inside Burma said that rumors are spreading that the new government will in fact release a large …

Your Own Origin Pull Content Delivery Network
March 25, 2011 – 6:29 pm | 2 Comments
Your Own Origin Pull Content Delivery Network

This post is very off-topic but I hope my readers will nevertheless forgive me. It has to do with the numerous technical experiments I am doing behind the scenes for this website. Since our funding …

Burmablog Approved as Charitable Activity on Flattr
March 4, 2011 – 4:41 pm | 2 Comments
Burmablog Approved as Charitable Activity on Flattr

Great news: The team of Flattr has approved the activities of Burma Center Prague as charitable and granted us therefore a special status, as announced on their blog. This, of course, affects also the project …

Still working on it
February 19, 2011 – 1:40 pm | Comments Off
Still working on it

We are still working on the Burmese language part of this site. We hope to be able to finalize it by spring 2011.
Interested Burmese bloggers are already warmly invited to contact us!
Thank you for your …

Burma on the Blogs: Tools to Analyze the Burmosphere
January 30, 2011 – 1:15 pm | Comments Off
Burma on the Blogs: Tools to Analyze the Burmosphere

If we want to monitor and analyze blogs with a focus on issues around Burma and Burmese, we can resort to a basic set of tools that was mainly introduced for business (identifying trends and …

burmablog.net: Now in the Nokia Store
January 29, 2011 – 5:21 pm | Comments Off
burmablog.net: Now in the Nokia Store

I have just received the message that our news widget for Nokia smartphones has been approved and is available now for download at the OVI store. This neat little application – which I admittedly produced …

Film: Burma Soldier
January 29, 2011 – 4:27 pm | Comments Off
Film: Burma Soldier

The story of Myo Myint, a political prisoner, who made the transformation from being a soldier in Burma’s junta to a pro-democracy activist. (Break Thru Films, 2010)
Reporting by VOA
The film is available in full length …

Sanctions Revisited: Some Thoughts on the Relevance of Messages
January 19, 2011 – 11:30 pm | Comments Off
Sanctions Revisited: Some Thoughts on the Relevance of Messages

In her article, “Now is Not the Time to Lift Sanctions”, Sina Schüssler highlights some aspects of sanction politics that are only too often being overlooked. While sanctions are commonly considered a merely economic tool …

New Film: Two Comedians, Divided by a Prison Wall
January 16, 2011 – 9:25 pm | Comments Off
New Film: Two Comedians, Divided by a Prison Wall

This Prison Where I Live is a feature length documentary about two comedians.
Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma’s greatest living comic. Relentlessly victimised by the Burmese military junta, he is now in prison. …

justice and injustice
December 29, 2010 – 12:52 pm | Comments Off
Ko Htike’s prosaic collection
December 29, 2010 – 12:49 pm | Comments Off
Burma. The Alternative Guide
November 19, 2010 – 7:19 pm | Comments Off
Burma. The Alternative Guide

Many travelers are increasingly concerned about ethical aspects of tourism. While it can serve as an educating, connecting and emancipating force, it might also leave indelible footprints from a powerful, sometimes ruthless industry, when recreation …

The Power of Blogs to Circumvent Virtual Fire Walls
October 30, 2010 – 2:01 pm | Comments Off
The Power of Blogs to Circumvent Virtual Fire Walls

The independent Burmese media outlet Irrawaddy has yesterday reported 450,000 page views on its blog during the period of one month after its launch, although the number of unique visitors can be expected to be …

The Urbanisation of Burma’s Blogosphere
October 26, 2010 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off
The Urbanisation of Burma’s Blogosphere

Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger. It has been 18 months since Burma received this infamous title from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Indeed, blogging in Burma sounds to …

Interview on Burma’s nuclear ambitions, pt. 2
October 22, 2010 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off
Interview on Burma’s nuclear ambitions, pt. 2

Interview with Burmese dissident Dr Zarni – Interviewer Khun Kavi Chongkittavorn, Assistant Group Editor of The Nation, The Nation TV On Burma-Thailand relations, the Burmese Regime’s alleged nuclear and missile programs, etc

Interview on Burma’s nuclear ambitions, pt. 1
October 22, 2010 – 8:59 pm | Comments Off
Interview on Burma’s nuclear ambitions, pt. 1

Interview with Burmese dissident Dr Zarni – Interviewer Khun Kavi Chongkittavorn, Assistant Group Editor of The Nation, The Nation TV On Burma-Thailand relations, the Burmese Regime’s alleged nuclear and missile programs, etc


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