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Myanmar’s transition from the seat of a teashop

Than Zaw’s Yangon teashop may lack the laminated wooden tables of the restaurant across the narrow lane, but where elegance is absent a rough charm replaces it. There is a countryside simplicity that endears his shop. Its knee-high tables, stapled-together plastic chairs and alfresco setup seem more apt for a dusty farmer’s lot than a…

The likely 2016 presidential candidates

Clinton, Bush and the 2016 American plutocracy

Presidents’ Day — that third Monday of February when Americans celebrate the federalist grandeur of Washington, Lincoln, and the other two men carved on the side of Mount Rushmore (Google them yourselves), all while trying to catch a last-minute furniture sale. It seems an apt holiday to reflect on the democratic institutions these men represented and…

Southeast Asia's "Swing Nations" -- published in Newsweek (Japan), November, 11, 2014 (page 1&2 of 3). See below for English translation.

Southeast Asia’s “Swing Nations”: Obama makes 2nd Myanmar visit

President Barack Obama on November 12 will make his second visit to Myanmar to join the East Asia Summit in the nation’s capital, Nay Pyi Daw. Following the APEC meetings in Beijing, the ASEAN-led summit will allow Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping the chance to flex policy muscles in Southeast Asia, the core battleground for influence in the region. Obama’s “pivot east”…