“The Magic Pool” – Campaign Video for a Better Tourism in Burma
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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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Christoph has worked for several years as journalist for print, radio and Internet before he co-founded the organization Burma Center Prague in 2006. Most time he spends in Prague, Czech Republic.

“The Magic Pool” – Campaign Video for a Better Tourism in Burma
January 6, 2013 – 2:43 pm | Comments Off
“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!

Discounts for Nonprofit Organizations
August 28, 2012 – 8:29 am | Comments Off
Discounts for Nonprofit Organizations

My work for a nonprofit organization included to spend considerable time browsing the Internet for special discounts and send numerous inquiries to companies whether they would be able to make a special offer. Every money …

Tourism to Burma: What is in it for the Rulers?
April 19, 2012 – 11:31 am | Comments Off
Tourism to Burma: What is in it for the Rulers?

Tourism to Burma is booming. Ethical concerns that previously persuaded some travelers not to set foot on Burmese soil have largely been pushed aside, pointing to the Burmese opposition’s NLD welcoming tourists, as long as …

Collecting Case Data on Tourism in Burma
March 29, 2012 – 6:40 pm | Comments Off
Collecting Case Data on Tourism in Burma

A few weeks ago we launched the website my.ecoburma.com. Its purpose is to enable individuals – both travellers and locals – as well as civil society groups to submit reports on concrete issues that can …

Human Trafficking – The Child Soldiers of Burma
August 17, 2011 – 11:47 pm | Comments Off
Human Trafficking – The Child Soldiers of Burma

“In this new series on human trafficking and modern slavery, our reporters speak to young survivors of forced and brutal military service inside Burma. For these lucky few who escape, the ordeal is not over.”
RFA …

The World’s Longest Ongoing War
August 13, 2011 – 10:29 pm | Comments Off
The World’s Longest Ongoing War

Produced by Al Jazeera and Mizzima about the conflict in Karen State.

Tourism to Burma: Statistics Revisited
August 4, 2011 – 8:45 pm | Comments Off
Tourism to Burma: Statistics Revisited

Never trust any statistics that you didn’t forge yourself, as the saying goes. Usually, you can do some nice tweaks by switching between absolute or relative numbers.
These thoughts came to my mind when I saw …

Altered Focus: A Different Trip to Burma
July 17, 2011 – 9:06 pm | Comments Off
Altered Focus: A Different Trip to Burma

Filmed in 2009 and released in May 2011, Altered Focus is a short film about three skateboarders going to Burma. Not surprisingly, people’s attention in Rangoon and Mandalay is captured by this unseen activity.
Of course, …

The Burmese Opposition, Squeezed in a Nutshell
June 25, 2011 – 12:31 pm | Comments Off
The Burmese Opposition, Squeezed in a Nutshell

Today I was pointed to a French website with much interesting material about Burma.
One item caught my attention first (since my knowledge of French is shamefully underdeveloped): A graphical animation of the political landscape in …

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

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 …

Film: Hard Life in Paradise
June 10, 2011 – 9:48 am | Comments Off
Film: Hard Life in Paradise

The film Nickel City Smiler chronicles a Burmese refugee’s fight for survival and hope in the American Rust Belt.
When you talk to refugees who have managed to leave Burma and struggle for survival in one …

Maybe visit Burma. Definitely take a stance.
May 25, 2011 – 5:08 pm | Comments Off
Maybe visit Burma. Definitely take a stance.

Two years, two positions: In 1999, Aung San Suu Kyi said: “Burma will be here for many years, so visit us later. Visiting now is tantamount to condoning the regime.” Eleven years later, U Win …

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 …

Junta 2.0: When Privacy Concerns Become Security Concerns
May 1, 2011 – 1:28 pm | Comments Off
Junta 2.0: When Privacy Concerns Become Security Concerns

Two programmers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, have recently discovered a hidden file on the Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 3G that stores detailed location information at least for a period of several months. While …

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 …

Hijacking Mobile Networks: Model or Utopia?
April 16, 2011 – 12:55 pm | Comments Off
Hijacking Mobile Networks: Model or Utopia?

While hijacking aircrafts is nothing particularly fancy in the history of the Burmese democracy movement, a new form of hijacking might prove more effective – albeit less dramatic – than taking the plane. As The …

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 …

Producing Credibility in Talking about Burma
March 13, 2011 – 1:42 pm | Comments Off
Producing Credibility in Talking about Burma

With their elections in last year’s November, the Burmese junta has poured out upon us a cornucopia full of shiny new arguments – or merely revamped ones. All kinds of policy makers and advocacy groups …

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 …


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