What is Rangoon Called nowWhat's Rangoon's name now?
Recently, when one of my essays was published in another paper, all reference to Myanmar was amended without my consent.
Recently, when one of my essays was published in another paper, all reference to Myanmar was amended without my consent. The Myanmar Times even made a change to a reference in The Burma Times, although there is no such paper. A lot of citations of Myanmar and Yangon were modified to reflect the old colony name Burma and Rangoon.
However, that was then and it is now, and like Saul on his way to Damascus, after the new Myanmar government's revolution, they have seen an amazing convert. Up until a few nights ago, this large instrument, whose slogan is "The News Paper You Can Trust", falsified routine accounts so that all reference to Myanmar in Burma was altered.
However, now a rest knob has been pushed and all links to Burma are modified to Myanmar. Last weeks Bangkok Post cited Aung Zaw, the creator of Irrawaddy, a journal commendably dedicated to the pro-democracy movements, as hoping to launch a journal in Myanmar rather than Burma.
The way the self-righteous editors pressed the restart switch again in the same piece and called DVB Myanmar's voice more fun. Maybe we should not mock, because Thai news coverage of Myanmar has always been pervaded by savage gambling, violent opaqueness and a shock trend to make occasionally precise statements.
Nobody is in any doubt that she and most of her party's nominees will be winners and parliamentarians, and that the European Union will soon remove its barriers to Myanmar's trading and investments. However, recently she has been dissatisfied with the way the Moroccan authorities have called for the immediate abolition of penalties and asked business people to invest immediately in Myanmar.
It will probably be Kuala Lumpur, as she recently got a face-to-face invitation from Malaysia's long-time ambassador Razali Ismail, who also paid a visit to heads of state and the recently sacked former prime minister Khin Nyunt. If Daw Suu arrives at KL, she will talk about Myanmar, not Burma.