Before Burma’s president makes his landmark visit to the United States, Beijing makes a bid to woo Burma’s opposition leaders.
With his rivals dispatched and predecessor Ne Win under house arrest, Snr-Gen Than Shwe is free to enjoy the pleasures of absolute power.
Than Shwe’s position as dictator of Burma becomes undeniable as his rivals fall by the wayside and even Ne Win is placed under arrest.
Last week's murderous rampage in Meikhtila bears all the marks of the twisted chauvinistic “Buddhism” that the country's rulers have promoted for decades.
The expected visit to Burma by Google’s top executive, Eric Schmidt, comes amid disturbing signs of backsliding by the Burmese government on media reforms.
Twenty-five years after Burma's pro-democracy movement began, some in the country are left wondering if they still have a leader in Aung San Suu Kyi.