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

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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“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!

Tags: campaignMyanmarspottourism

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 …

Indian People’s win inspires Burmese Activists
August 28, 2011 – 4:55 pm | Comments Off
Indian People’s win inspires Burmese Activists

Finally the Indian Parliament has bowed down to listen to people’s voice on corruption and resolved to frame a strong anti-corruption legislation. Following a massive protest spread across the sub continent led by Gandhian Anna …

Activists Condemn India’s Arm Deal with Burma
July 24, 2011 – 2:49 pm | Comments Off
Activists Condemn India’s Arm Deal with Burma

The Burmese exiles living in India and their sympathizers had recently come to the street of India’s national capital to lodge a stronger protest against the government for supplying arms and ammunitions to the semi-military …

Tags: arm tradeIndia

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 …

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 …

Change: That is not happening in Burma
May 19, 2011 – 3:18 pm | One Comment
Change: That is not happening in Burma

While the world media reports with the factual supports from various sources inside and outside Burma (Myanmar) that the poverty stricken country is changing, but in realty that exactly is not happening in the so-called …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tags: disputeexpertsPlatosanctions

Think Local: Digital Divide and Censorship
February 12, 2011 – 10:57 am | Comments Off
Think Local: Digital Divide and Censorship

“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
John Gilmore

This famous quote draws its confidence from a rather idealist view on a technique that is employed for the Internet to work the way we …

Scratching Where the Hand Reaches
January 26, 2011 – 11:57 am | Comments Off
Scratching Where the Hand Reaches

The Burmese news outlet Irrawaddy has reported on cuts to the Democratic Voice of Burma’s budget, while DVB itself deplores the end of Irrawaddy’s printed magazine. Will the future of Burmese exile media – or, …

The Anatomy of Foreign Investments in Burma
January 8, 2011 – 7:09 pm | Comments Off
The Anatomy of Foreign Investments in Burma

It has been pointed out that foreign investments in Burma are no magic potion by which we can simply “switch on” better times, and it is indeed misleading when this form of engagement is presented …

He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune
December 23, 2010 – 3:27 pm | One Comment
He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune

While academic research should be done in a way that is unbiased and transparent and that enables others to reproduce the results, it is old news that academia, just like jurisdiction, is no Garden of …

Tags: academiaChinaGermanyidealismphilosophy

Profit-making Media and Non-profit Goals: Do Opposites Attract?
December 4, 2010 – 4:22 pm | Comments Off
Profit-making Media and Non-profit Goals: Do Opposites Attract?

At a recent seminar that tried to explore the relationship between charities and journalism in the Czech Republic and sought to identify strategies for improving this relationship, participants from NGOs were invited to share their …