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Kyi May Kaung  

Speaking Truth to Power--

Kyi May Kaung, also writing as KMKaung, holds a doctorate in Political Economy and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in City Planning. In addition she has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from Rangoon University.

She worked from 1997-2001 in international broadcasting to Burma as a Sr Research Analyst, and was Sr Analyst and Fellow for The Burma Fund, affiliated with the Burmese Democratic Government in Exile (Washington, DC based) from 2001 to 2009.

She is also an award winning poet, short story writer, columnist and novelist.

Her full length novel Wolf is soon to be released.

She has had over a dozen international art shows and has read poetry and fiction widely.

Edward Albee praised her 2 act play Shaman, and she has won Fulbright, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants and was a Pew finalist in Literature twice.

She is a riveting speaker with great polish who has been interviewed often.


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Burma--The So-called Transition to Deomcracy

Since 2011 and Mrs. Clinton and President Obama's first visit to Naypyitaw, the "King's Royal City" in the heartland of Burma--the international and Burmese language media has been touting "reforms."

But the recent death by torture of Par Gyi, a reporter covering the war on the eastern border, just before Presdt Obama's second visit, the systematically amped up "interracial conflict" between Muslims and Buddhists, the visit of the racist monk Wirathu to Sri Lanka, and ongoing land grabs from farmers, the picture for democracy in Burma is not encouraging.

I give a blow by blow account of what has been happening since 2011 and provide background on the Burmese junta and its policies.


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