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" …

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Myanmar’s telegram system buzzes on (The Diplomat)

On a street stacked block by block with colonial British buildings, the Government Telegraph Office doesn’t instinctively stick out. Like so many of its neighbors, the façade is grimy and crumbling. There always seems to be a soft trickle of water flowing from exposed blue plumbing pipes, which water lively patches of ferns and moss …

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Myanmar’s traditional form of boxing — Lethwei (CNN)

I got into journalism because I get joy out of giving a voice to the voiceless. This past week, my latest feature for CNN did just that. In covering the Thut Ti Myanmar Traditional Lethwei Club in Yangon, I got to share personal perspectives of a centuries old martial arts from the stewards that love …

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Myanmar railroad: A bumpy ride to rebuilding

I've been on some tough journeys before, the kinds of trips that make you thankful to whatever being you pray to when they're finally over, and proud that you were courageous and bold enough to take them in the first place. On the road to Angkor Wat from Bangkok, my hired taxi came to an …

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Anthony Bourdain discovers Colombia

Anthony Bourdain recently decided to visit Colombia, and with that CNN dropped me a line to pitch a "10 things you need to know" list to support his new show for the network: Parts Unknown. The snarky, say-it-like-is former host of the Travel Network's hit show, No Reservations, brings a large spotlight to the country …

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