A Peacock Between Two Giants: Suu Kyi on Sino-Us Relations

One of the wonderful features of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s visit to the University of Louisville last week, and there were many, was the significant length of time that was given over to questions and answers. It was particularly exciting to see the exchange between Suu Kyi and the refugees from Burma that now call [...]

Aung San Suu Kyi’s U.S visit: A Personal View

I first became aware of the brutal nature of the regime in Burma and the story of Aung San Suu Kyi during the mid 1990s. Suu Kyi had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and five years later the award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger released the film Inside Burma: Land of Fear [...]

US nominates first ambassador to Burma in 22 years

I don’t know if he suspected that he’d be promoted back in January when he gave the Center for Asian Democracy’s inaugural annual lecture, but on May 17th Derek Mitchell, the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, was nominated by President Obama to be the first US ambassador to the country in 22 years. [...]

Japan: Actively encourage the Burmese government to institute the systemic reforms necessary for Democracy

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan Re: Japan: Actively encourage the Burmese government to institute the systemic reforms necessary for Democracy Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem News.com. I recognize the encouraging signs of change in Burma in the past year, including easing [...]

Australia: Lead the Human Rights Movement in Asia

Senator Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia Re: Australia: Lead the Human Rights Movement in Asia Dear Senator Bob Carr, Congratulations on your recent appointment as Foreign Minister of Australia. I am William Nicholas Gomes, Salem-News Human Rights Ambassador.  I look forward to working with you and the Gillard government to help Australia realize [...]

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