A library opens in Burma

The opening of a library doesn’t usually make the headlines, but when Aung San Suu Kyi is able to leave her home to even visit a library, it is worthy of mention.  Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for many years, but was released in November 2010, and on a trip outside of Rangoon, in August 2011, she visited Bago and opened two libraries.  The libraries were named in her honour, and, according to the Mizzima report, were established to help the poor access information which would otherwise be too expensive for them.

Aung San Suu Kyi secretly recorded the 2011 Reith Lectures for the BBC this year (also available from ABC Radio National’s ‘Big Ideas’).  Also this year, ABC journalist Zoe Daniel met with Aung San Suu Kyi, and the report below includes a rare interview with Suu Kyi.

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The Lady on the lake / Uploaded to Youtube.com by JourneymanPictures 15.08.2011, Reported by Zoe Daniel, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV Australia, originally aired 19.07.2011, viewed 16.08.2011,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtYY6GllMNA (also http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2011/s3273094.htm)

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In 1991 Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 1996 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.  Below are some sources, as well as some related links and searches.

SOURCES

Aung San Suu Kyi makes first political trip since release / Reported by Liam Cochrane (interviewing Tim Wilson), ABC Radio Australia, 15.08.2011, http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=43095

Aung San Jarmon libraries to help strengthen youth / Mizzima News, Mizzima.com, 14.08.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/5773-aung-san-jarmon-libraries-to-help-strengthen-youth.html

Suu Kyi’s visit to Pegu probes limits of political space / Mizzima News, Mizzima.com, 14.08.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/5774-suu-kyis-visit-to-pegu-probes-limits-of-political-space.html

In pictures : Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip / BBC, photo essay, 14.08.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14521849

Inside the Bunker with Aung San Suu Kyi / Reported by Zoe Daniels, Foreign Correspondent, ABC Radio National, 23.07.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2011/s3276304.htm

The Lady on the lake / Uploaded to Youtube.com by JourneymanPictures 15.08.2011, Reported by Zoe Daniel, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV Australia, originally aired 19.07.2011, viewed 16.08.2011,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtYY6GllMNA (also http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2011/s3273094.htm)

Suu Kyi : dropping non-violent protests is ‘possible’ / BBC, 28.06.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13945317

Aung San Suu Kyi : a brief timeline / Nic McBean, ABC News Online, 16.11.2010, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-08-11/aung-san-suu-kyi-a-brief-timeline/1387186.

Aung San Suu Kyi : Companion of the Order of Australia / Its an honour, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=869578&search_type=advanced&showInd=true

The Nobel Peace Prize 1991 : Aung San Suu Kyi / Nobelpeaceprize.org, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/index.html

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip successful : people hailed her at Thanatpin and Bago / National League for Democracy, 15.08.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.nldburma.org/political-activity/states-divisions/379-daw-aung-san-suu-kyis-trip-successful-people-hailed-her-at-thanatpin-and-bago-.html

Burma insight : Daw Aung San Suu Kyi trip to Bago / Burma Democratic Concern, 14.08.2011, viewed 16.08.2011, http://www.bdcburma.org/NewsDetails.asp?id=893

Aung San Suu Kyi makes first trip since her release / BBC, 04.07.2011, viewed 16.08.2011,  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14011850.

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WEBSITES

Wikipedia.org/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi

Open Directory Project/Myanmar/Politics

National League for Democracy – NLDBurma.org

Mizzima.com/Inside Burma.

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SAVED SEARCHES

ABC Radio AustraliaAung San Suu Kyi ; Burma

ABC Radio NationalBig Ideas, Aung San Suu Kyi

BBC.co.ukSuu Kyi.

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