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Ancient and new designations
Myanmar, formally the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is also known as Burma or the Union of Burma. The 1989 regime modified the UK colony name for the land, some towns and streams to the more original romanized Myanma* name. In fact, what we now call the new name are the older Myanma name used before Britain's colonization.
Today only very few Myanmen use the colorful name. Burma was initially selected as the name for this photographic galery because the name Burma was better known in the wider South. Today the name Myanmar is known and also recognized by the United Nations.
For this reason the name was renamed "Myanmar (Burma) - Photo Gallery" in April 2007. The new name is by no means politically driven, but rather a reflection of the higher number of points for the name "Myanmar" in the web searching machines on the web in order to enhance the rankings of this website. Whilst the notation of Myanma is not always uniform in Rome, the notation for most Myanma titles is derived from the latest issue of the Lonely Planet guide.
At the bottom you will find two alphabetically ordered list showing the transformation of old colony name into new Myanma name and inverse. It only contains the name of the photographer, which you can find in the caption under the photographs or elsewhere on this website. Myanma (without the last "r") is the name of the land used in this photogallery.
By-about, Burma, bye-bye - What's a name? Burma
Shortly after the junta renamed Myanmar in 1989, we followed that example. Burma's claim that it is ethnically suprematist because it refers to the Burmese minority was fake. "Burma " and "Myanmar" have the same etymologic origins. Myanmar became the "official" name Eg under which the land is known at the UN - and we have used it ever since.
We had a shaky 2008 when we were planning to put the government's disgraceful treatment of a human catastrophe, Cyclone Nargis, on the world's front page. If we did that in America, Myanmar's plight, our camouflage in Asia, would have to become Burma's plight by loosing allegiance but perhaps attracting the interest of those who had no idea where Myanmar was.
If we' re making a camouflage about US policy instead. Elsewhere, however, the question of what to call the land was politically. Myanmar was what the junta's Asian buddies used to call it. Aung San Suu Kyi's leaders stayed with Burma. It could not have been a coincidence, then, that Barack Obama, who received Myanmar's Chairman Thein Sein at the White House on 20 May, described his land as "Myanmar".
America's legal name for Myanmar is still Burma. For a long time now, the West has recognized that the question of naming is important to the Myanmar uniformed Myanmar commanders who still carry it, now in civil dress. The move to "Myanmar" is a low-cost move that would bring them good will but is still being denied, probably also because of concerns about the resistance of Burma's reforms (whoops, Myanmar).
It often seems to choose to use "my country", "our country" or "our country" rather than insulting Mr Thein Sein and his fellow workers by speaking of Burma. Speaking at a by-election drive last year, she said at a news briefing that "Burma" has the benefit of making it simpler for non-nationals to speak out.
Thein Sein (whom he seemed to call Than Shwe, the tyrant whom Lord Thein Sein followed) has difficulties with her name and that of Thein Sein. However, he can say "Burma" with ease, again and again. Probably he already practices "Myanmar".